Definitions for: Discrimination


[n] unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
[n] the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*crim`i*na"tion, n. [L. discriminatio the
contrasting of opposite thoughts.]
1. The act of discriminating, distinguishing, or noting and
marking differences.

To make an anxious discrimination between the
miracle absolute and providential. --Trench.

2. The state of being discriminated, distinguished, or set
apart. --Sir J. Reynolds.

3. (Railroads) The arbitrary imposition of unequal tariffs
for substantially the same service.

A difference in rates, not based upon any
corresponding difference in cost, constitutes a case
of discrimination. --A. T.
Hadley.

4. The quality of being discriminating; faculty of nicely
distinguishing; acute discernment; as, to show great
discrimination in the choice of means.

5. That which discriminates; mark of distinction.

Syn: Discernment; penetration; clearness; acuteness;
judgment; distinction. See Discernment.

Synonyms: favoritism, favouritism, secernment

See Also: able-bodiedism, able-bodism, ableism, ablism, ageism, agism, appreciation, basic cognitive process, croneyism, cronyism, differentiation, discernment, distinction, fatism, fattism, heterosexism, individualisation, individualization, individuation, nepotism, perceptiveness, racial discrimination, racialism, racism, sexism, social control, taste

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