noun Date: 1648 1. a. the act of discriminating b. the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently 2. the quality or power of finely distinguishing 3. a. the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b. prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment <
racial discrimination
Synonyms: see discernmentdiscriminational adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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