dis·​crim·​i·​na·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈskri-mə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce discriminatory (audio) , -ˈskrim-nə-\

Definition of discriminatory

2 : applying or favoring discrimination in treatment

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Other Words from discriminatory

discriminatorily \ di-​ˌskri-​mə-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce discriminatorily (audio) , -​ˌskrim-​nə-​ \ adverb

Examples of discriminatory in a Sentence

The law prohibits discriminatory hiring practices. a company that was fined for its discriminatory practices in the hiring of women

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In the simplest terms, the principle of net neutrality prevents internet service providers, such as Verizon or Comcast, from manipulating network traffic for discriminatory purposes. Andrew Rice, WIRED, "This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality," 16 May 2018 Facebook’s use and abuse of user data for discriminatory purposes needs to stop. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Facebook hasn't fixed its discriminatory housing ads problem, lawsuit claims," 27 Mar. 2018 The Ninth Circuit held that pay differences based on prior salaries are inherently discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act because the previous salaries were the result of gender bias. Sudhin Thanawala, The Christian Science Monitor, "Federal court finds pay differences based on prior salaries discriminatory," 10 Apr. 2018 The two complaints also depict a workplace where the cheerleaders were frequently exploited and subjected to both discriminatory and degrading treatment. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "NFL Teams Previously Have Settled in Cheerleader Lawsuits. Will Texans' Ex-Cheerleaders Set Different Precedent?," 25 June 2018 Critics have countered that the legislation is discriminatory against people who are transgender. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "After Santa Fe, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says school security will be top priority in Texas Senate," 15 June 2018 While the district cannot discuss individual student discipline due to FERPA restrictions, racial slurs and discriminatory language are a violation of our student code of conduct. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Mason schools investigating student's racist video; 'Tree-swinging, watermelon-eating...'," 6 Feb. 2018 Tom Linebarger, chief executive of engine maker Cummins Inc., represents the Business Roundtable, which supports a crackdown on China’s discriminatory trade practices but not a decoupling of the two economies. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 These governments should immediately suspend permission to use Airbnb until its discriminatory policy is reversed. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Airbnb’s Anti-Israel Hypocrisy," 25 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of discriminatory

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of discriminatory

: not fair : unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people


dis·​crim·​i·​na·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈskrim-ə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce discriminatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of discriminatory

: showing discrimination : being unfair discriminatory work policies


dis·​crim·​i·​na·​to·​ry | \ dis-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce discriminatory (audio) \

Legal Definition of discriminatory

1 : applying discrimination in treatment
2 : having unlawful discrimination as an effect

Other Words from discriminatory

discriminatorily \ -​ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈtōr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce discriminatorily (audio) \ adverb

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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