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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun discrimination:


Discrimination is a member of the word family discriminate, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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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 dictionaries 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, Ethnicity, and Society (2008)

by Richard T. Schaefer

Total discrimination refers to current discrimination operating in the labor market and past discrimination.

Institutional discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups that results from the normal ...

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 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 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 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 previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

discrimination Most of us, alas, think of discrimination these days as meaning the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different ...

Google previewDictionary Of Social Work: The Definitive A To Z Of Social Work And Social Care (2010)

The Definitive A to Z of Social Work and Social Care by Thomas, Martin, Pierson, John

Act 2000 an Act that strengthened section 71 of the Race Relations Act 1976 by extending the protection against racial discrimination by public authorities and placing a new, enforceable positive duty on public ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Education (1996)

by Faustine Childress Jones-Wilson

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and natural origin in the sale or rental of most housing. The law does not prohibit discrimination by homeowners in the sale or rental of single-family dwellings.

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2012)

Volume 20: Social Class by Larry J. Griffin, Peggy G. Hargis, Charles Reagan Wilson

Recent Latino immigrants, especially those with darker skin color, perceive greater discrimination from whites. Research comparing first-generation immigrant parents and U.S.-born children shows that the two groups view race and race ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Title IX and Sports (2007)

by Nicole Mitchell, Lisa A. Ennis

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

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 previewSocial Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by James Ciment

Discrimination. and. Violence. The American Muslim community, consisting of an estimated 6 million persons, is a mosaic of ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities. As a result of immigration, religious conversion, and birth rate, it is ...

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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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