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Definition of the noun discrimination

What does discrimination mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: discriminations

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

Alternative definition of the noun discrimination


  1. a distinction; discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things.
  2. The state of being discriminated, distinguished from, or set apart.
  3. (sometimes discrimination against) distinct treatment of an individual or group to their disadvantage; treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality; prejudice; bigotry
  4. The quality of being discriminating, acute discernment, specifically in a learning situation; as to show great discrimination in the choice of means.
  5. That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.

Specialised definition of the noun discrimination

Glossary of sports

the act of treating one person or group unfairly, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion or gender (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


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Phrases with Discrimination

  1. non-discrimination
  2. racial discrimination
  3. sexual discrimination
  4. Reverse discrimination
  5. freedom from discrimination

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Discrimination

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Google previewJust War Thinking (2009)

Morality and Pragmatism in the Struggle Against Contemporary Threats by Eric Patterson

Discrimination is the idea that leaders and soldiers discriminate against the real- world threats that they face.

Discrimination also means that not everyone in civilian attire is a non-combatant.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race and Crime (2009)

by Helen Taylor Greene, Shaun L. Gabbidon

Thus, discrimination is an inequality due to purposive actions whereby individuals receive differential treatment as a result of belonging to a descriptive category such as race, sex, or age. Discrimination is the acting out of prejudicial attitudes.

Google previewHuman Resource Development (2011)

Foundations, Process, Context by Stephen Gibb

Direct discrimination is the exercise of prejudice, either openly or masked by reasons which cannot be justified in terms of the person's...

One of the major problems with identifying and challenging such direct discrimination is that it can be difficult to detect.

Indirect discrimination means that a requirement 100 Foundations.

Google previewBusiness Economics (2010)

by Sivagnanam

Price discrimination means a firm charging different prices for the same product from different consumers. This sort...

Google previewA Different Christianity

But discrimination is a word that has more than one meaning, and its inner, psychological meaning is easily lost. This loss is crucial. If a psychological technique is not exactly understood, it is no more than a quaint idea that has lost its practical ...

Google previewEconomics and Management of the Food Industry (2014)

by Jeffrey H. Dorfman

Price discrimination is the practice of a seller segmenting its customers into two or more groups and selling to those groups at...

Price discrimination is a more general form of the type of profit maximization pursued by a firm that uses storage .

Google previewKozier and Erbs Fundamentals of Nursing (2016)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Tactile discrimination: Tactile discrimination is the ability to differentiate information received through the sense of touch. This is often...

Twopoint discrimination is a reliable and widely used technique for determining tactile gnosis. AIDS: AIDS ...

Google previewPrinciples of Addictions and the Law (2010)

Applications in Forensic, Mental Health, and Medical Practice by Norman S. Miller

Specifically, discrimination is the effect of a law or established practice that confers privileges on a certain class, or that denies...

Google previewMultiple Classifier Systems (2009)

8th International Workshop, MCS 2009, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 10-12, 2009, Proceedings by Jón Atli Benediktsson, Josef Kittler, Fabio Roli

Stochastic discrimination is a committee-forming algorithm that attempts to combine a large number of relatively...

Google previewLiteracy for Children in an Information Age: Teaching Reading, Writing, and Thinking (2007)

by Vicki Cohen, John Cowen

Auditory discrimination is the ability to discriminate between different sounds that a child hears.

Auditory discrimination is a key task that children must use when reading, writing, and spelling. They must be able to ...

Google previewBehavioral Pharmacology of 5-ht (2013)

by Paul Bevan

Discrimination refers to the ability to differentiate between one stimulus value and other stimulus values along the same...

Even though the drug versus nondrug discrimination is the one situation most often used, animals can also be trained to ...

Google previewAge Discrimination Law in Europe (2009)

by Nicky ten Bokum, Paul Bartelings

DIRECT DISCRIMINATION Direct discrimination means that someone is being treated unfairly by being treated worse thansomeone else hasbeen treatedor wouldhave beentreatedin acomparable situation if the unfair treatment is connected ...

Google previewIntroduction to RF Propagation (2005)

by John S. Seybold

For the linear polarization case, the crosspolarization discrimination is a function of the angle difference between the incident wave polarization vector and the receive antenna polarization vector. This is referred to as the tilt angle and often ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for Gender and the Language of Illness, textbook by Jonathan Charteris-Black (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Discrimination: Discrimination is the cognitiveand sensorycapacity orability to seefinedistinctions and perceive differences between objects, subjects, concepts and patterns, or possess exceptional development of the senses. Used in this way ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology (2010)

by Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers

Kristina Metz Discrimination is the disproportionate distribution of goods, resources, and/or services based upon an individual's group membership. Discriminatory acts are committed in many forms, including: overt or blatant discrimination ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Descartes to gender and science (1998)

by Edward Craig

A principle forbidding discrimination is widely used to criticize and prohibit actions and policies that disadvantage racial, ethuic and religious groups, women and homosexuals. Discriminatory actions often rely on unfavourable group ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (2009)

by John M Levine, Michael A. Hogg

Discrimination is, however, a persistent social reality, being neither a thing of the past nor a problem exhibited by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education Law (2008)

by Charles J. Russo

AGE DISCRIMINATION American society is “ graying” as health care improves and the baby boom generation approaches retirement age.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (2011)

by Daniel J. Christie

number of Jewish students admitted to universities would be an instance of direct racial discrimination; so too would be the legal exclusion of Blacks from most South African universities prior to the 1980s. Research findings indicating that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (2013)

by Lawrence M. Salinger

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) made age discrimination in employment illegal and abolished mandatory retirement. The aim is to promote the interests of older people and encourage organizations to focus on ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of White-Collar & Corporate Crime (2005)

by Lawrence M. Salinger

and gender discrimination ( actions that perpetuate differences in hiring, promotion, and pay). Sex discrimination ex- ists in various forms, and women aren't always the victims: about 10 percent ...

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EDF | Non Discrimination legislation | Sign language

Translation: Over the past 10 years, protecting the rights of disabled people all over Europe has been EDFs number one priority and objective. In 2007, EDF ...

Quotes about Discrimination

The FBI has had a history of sex discrimination complaints brought against it, as well as race discrimination. (Anita Hill)
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The value of this 14-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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