- unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, etc; action based on prejudice
- subtle appreciation in matters of taste
- the ability to see fine distinctions and differences
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- the ability to make or see differences;
the ability to distinguish or judge among things:fine discrimination in his choice of wine.
- an act or instance of discriminating.
- Sociologytreatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit:racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
- the power of making fine distinctions;
discriminating judgment:She chose the colors with great discrimination.
- [Archaic.]something that serves to differentiate.
- Latin discrīminātiōn- (stem of discrīminātiō) a distinguishing. See discriminate, -ion
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discernment, taste, acumen, perception.