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discriminatory

[dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈskrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing prejudicial treatment, especially as an indication of bias related to age, color, national origin, religion, sex, etc.: discriminatory practices in housing;
a discriminatory tax.
2.
discriminative (defs 1, 2).
Origin of discriminatory
1820-1830
1820-30; discriminate + -ory1
Related forms
discriminatorily, adverb
nondiscriminatory, adjective
undiscriminatory, adjective
Can be confused
discriminating, discriminatory.
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Examples from the Web for discriminatory
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  • It is also possible to have differentiated or discriminatory deflation.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Whether they are or not, the result is discriminatory just the same.

  • The scheme would work, eugenically, in proportion as it is discriminatory and graded.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • This does not however detract in the least from their discriminatory character.

  • These discriminatory efforts against the Japanese obstruct the Americanization of native-born Japanese in two ways.

British Dictionary definitions for discriminatory

discriminatory

/dɪˈskrɪmɪnətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
based on or showing prejudice; biased
2.
capable of making fine distinctions
3.
(of a statistical test) unbiased
Derived Forms
discriminatorily, discriminatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discriminatory
adj.

1828; see discriminate + -ory.

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