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Pronunciation:  di`skrimu'neyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
  2. [n]  the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

DISCRIMINATION is a 14 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: favoritism, favouritism, secernment
 See Also: able-bodiedism, able-bodism, ableism, ablism, ageism, agism, appreciation, basic cognitive process, croneyism, cronyism, differentiation, discernment, distinction, fatism, fattism, heterosexism, individualisation, individualization, individuation, nepotism, perceptiveness, racial discrimination, racialism, racism, sexism, social control, taste



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

         To make an anxious discrimination between the
         miracle absolute and providential.    --Trench.

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

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

         A difference in rates, not based upon any
         corresponding difference in cost, constitutes a case
         of discrimination.                    --A. T.

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

5. That which discriminates; mark of distinction.

Syn: Discernment; penetration; clearness; acuteness;
     judgment; distinction. See {Discernment}.

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