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discriminate

[v. dih-skrim-uh-neyt; adj. dih-skrim-uh-nit] /v. dɪˈskrɪm əˌneɪt; adj. dɪˈskrɪm ə nɪt/
verb (used without object), discriminated, discriminating.
1.
to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality:
The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
2.
to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately:
to discriminate between things.
verb (used with object), discriminated, discriminating.
3.
to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate:
a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
4.
to note or distinguish as different:
He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
adjective
5.
marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions:
discriminate people; discriminate judgments.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin discrīminātus separated, past participle of discrīmināre. See discriminant, -ate1
Related forms
discriminately, adverb
half-discriminated, adjective
prediscriminate, verb (used with object), prediscriminated, prediscriminating.
undiscriminated, adjective
Synonyms
3. See distinguish.
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British Dictionary definitions for discriminately

discriminate

verb (dɪˈskrɪmɪˌneɪt)
1.
(intransitive; usually foll by in favour of or against) to single out a particular person, group, etc, for special favour or, esp, disfavour, often because of a characteristic such as race, colour, sex, intelligence, etc
2.
when intr, foll by between or among. to recognize or understand the difference (between); distinguish to discriminate right and wrong, to discriminate between right and wrong
3.
(intransitive) to constitute or mark a difference
4.
(intransitive) to be discerning in matters of taste
adjective (dɪˈskrɪmɪnɪt)
5.
showing or marked by discrimination
Derived Forms
discriminately, adverb
discriminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin discrīmināre to divide, from discrīmen a separation, from discernere to discern
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Word Origin and History for discriminately
discriminate
1620s, from L. discriminare "to divide," from discrimen, derived n. from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, Amer.Eng. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated
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