Discrimination Dis*crim`i*na"tion, n. [L. discriminatio the contrasting of opposite thoughts.] 1. The act of discriminating, distinguishing, or noting and marking differences. [1913 Webster]

To make an anxious discrimination between the miracle absolute and providential. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being discriminated, distinguished, or set apart. --Sir J. Reynolds. [1913 Webster]

3. (Railroads) The arbitrary imposition of unequal tariffs for substantially the same service. [1913 Webster]

A difference in rates, not based upon any corresponding difference in cost, constitutes a case of discrimination. --A. T. Hadley. [1913 Webster]

4. The quality of being discriminating; faculty of nicely distinguishing; acute discernment; as, to show great discrimination in the choice of means. [1913 Webster]

5. That which discriminates; mark of distinction.

Syn: Discernment; penetration; clearness; acuteness; judgment; distinction. See {Discernment}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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