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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for nondiscriminating

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
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Word Origin and History for nondiscriminating

discriminating

adj.

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

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