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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The professional athletes were celebrated with a ticker tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in New York City Wednesday, drawing unmistakable attention to their alleged discriminatory treatment by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Equal pay is the U.S. Women's National Team's next goal," 10 July 2019 Companies and their leadership betray their values and allow discriminatory environments to flourish in favor of rapid growth. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s secret groups problem," 9 July 2019 Experts acknowledge the practice’s discriminatory effects. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Dems preserve nation’s only non-unanimous juries, wait on Supreme Court decision," 6 July 2019 Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech. ProPublica, "ProPublica Data Institute 2019," 5 July 2019 In 2015, the now 104-year old company apologized for the key role of its newspapers and other media outlets in backing the government and its discriminatory system. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s most valuable company has appointed its first black female CEO," 4 July 2019 To date, neither city has had to take up a discriminatory circumstance protected through its ordinance. al.com, "Mobile verbally agrees look into LGBTQ protections: ‘It’s an inclusive city’," 2 July 2019 This seems plausible — and so does the possibility that these moderators will be traumatized from the daily exposure to discriminatory posts. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A Facebook civil rights audit could have unintended consequences," 2 July 2019 Curb is seeking to stop six discriminatory bills targeting gay rights in Tennessee and has thrown his support behind the Tennessee Equality Project. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2019 Indie Power Players: The Execs Behind Drake, John Prine, Lauren Daigle and BTS," 17 June 2019

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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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