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[dih-skrim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈskrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
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.
discriminative (defs 1, 2).
Origin of discriminatory
1820-30; discriminate + -ory1
Related forms
discriminatorily, adverb
nondiscriminatory, adjective
undiscriminatory, adjective
Can be confused
discriminating, discriminatory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discriminatory
  • Harlan's confirmation was slowed by his past support for discriminatory measures.
  • Your comment is a perfect example of the non-discriminatory scientifically illiterate mind at work.
  • What isn't so inspiring is the fact that you have resorted to personal attacks and discriminatory ideas.
  • And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.
  • They are discriminatory in that they apply only to foreigners.
  • discriminatory habits would be curbed, and the standard for good service would be equalized.
  • Unlike preserving a discriminatory tradition for its own sake, these are unquestionably legitimate interests.
  • Criminal background checks will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
  • And the spousal hiring thing is terribly discriminatory against singles.
  • Tenure provides due process for termination, and without it, faculty can be fired for any reason that is not discriminatory.
British Dictionary definitions for discriminatory


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

1828; see discriminate + -ory.

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