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discriminating

[dih-skrim-uh-ney-ting] /dɪˈskrɪm əˌneɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
differentiating; analytical.
2.
noting differences or distinctions with nicety; discerning; perspicacious:
a discriminating interpreter of events.
3.
having excellent taste or judgment:
a discriminating interior designer.
4.
differential, as a tariff.
5.
possessing distinctive features; capable of being differentiated; discriminative.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; discriminate + -ing2
Related forms
discriminatingly, adverb
half-discriminating, adjective
half-discriminatingly, adverb
nondiscriminating, adjective
nondiscriminatingly, adverb
overdiscriminating, adjective
overdiscriminatingly, adverb
quasi-discriminating, adjective
quasi-discriminatingly, adverb
undiscriminating, adjective
undiscriminatingly, adverb
Can be confused
discriminating, discriminatory.

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
1620-30; < 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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Examples for discriminating
  • Compare that plodding, discriminating process to typing.
  • discriminating gourmets will find these five courses make an elegant lunch or supper, or an equally fine dinner for a hot night.
  • Partners might feel you are not being discriminating enough in your choice of companions.
  • discriminating against people on the grounds of personal appearance should be banned, she says.
  • It is discriminating those who can ill afford the exorbitant membership fees.
  • In this way, children will grow up to be discriminating adult readers.
  • But their discriminating shopping habits do not stop there, the research found.
  • If he has, his book will not be remembered next year by discriminating readers.
  • And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating against sick people.
  • Stately, solidly built brick center hall colonial awaits the discriminating buyer.
British Dictionary definitions for discriminating

discriminating

/dɪˈskrɪmɪˌneɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
able to see fine distinctions and differences
2.
discerning in matters of taste
3.
(of a tariff, import duty, etc) levied at differential rates in order to favour or discourage imports or exports
Derived Forms
discriminatingly, adverb

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 discriminating
adj.

"possessing discernment," 1792, present participle adjective from discriminate (v.).

discriminate

v.

1620s, from Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare "to divide, separate," from discrimen (genitive discriminis) "interval, distinction, difference," derived noun from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, American English. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated. Also used 17c. and after as an adjective meaning "distinct."

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