American English

Definition of discrimination noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the practice of treating someone or a particular group in society less fairly than others age/racial/sex/sexual discrimination (= because of someone's age, race, or sex) discrimination against somebody discrimination against the elderly discrimination in favor of somebody discrimination in favor of the young discrimination on the grounds of something discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, or sexual orientation
  2. 2[uncountable] (approving) the ability to judge what is good, true, etc. synonym discernment He showed great discrimination in his choice of friends.
  3. 3(formal) [uncountable, countable] the ability to recognize a difference between one thing and another; a difference that is recognized to learn discrimination between right and wrong fine discriminations
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discrimination