American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make a clear distinction; distinguish: discriminate among the options available.
- v. To make sensible decisions; judge wisely.
- v. To make distinctions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit; show preference or prejudice: was accused of discriminating against women; discriminated in favor of his cronies.
- v. To perceive the distinguishing features of; recognize as distinct: discriminate right from wrong.
- v. To distinguish by noting differences; differentiate: unable to discriminate colors.
- v. To make or constitute a distinction in or between: methods that discriminate science from pseudoscience.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To distinguish from something else, or from each other; separate observe or mark the differences between, absolutely or by some note or sign of distinction: as, to discriminate true from false modesty; to discriminate animals by names.
- To select; pick out; make a distinction in regard to: as, to discriminate certain persons from a crowd of applicants.
- To make a difference or distinction; observe or note a difference; distinguish: as, to discriminate between degrees of guilt.
- Discriminating-perceiving nice differences.
- Distinctive; discriminated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the difference marked; distinguished by certain tokens.
- v. To set apart as being different; to mark as different; to separate from another by discerning differences; to distinguish.
- v. To make a difference or distinction; to distinguish accurately.
- v. To treat unequally.
- v. (Railroads) To impose unequal tariffs for substantially the same service.
- v. treat differently on the basis of sex or race
- v. recognize or perceive the difference
- adj. marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions
- v. distinguish.
- From Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare ("to divide, separate, distinguish"), from discrimen ("a space between, division, separation, distinction"), from discerno ("to divide, separate, distinguish, discern"); see discern, discreet, discrete. Compare crime. (Wiktionary)
- Latin discrīmināre, discrīmināt-, from discrīmen, discrīmin-, distinction; see krei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To claim that not allowing the bank to racially discriminate is an entitlement program clearly shows that.”
“Wanting to allow someone to discriminate is not racist any more than wanting to allow someone to speak racist things is racist.”
“To defend the rights of racists to discriminate is reprehensible and especially so when it is done by a major party nominee for the U.S. Senate ....”
“During his campaign, President Obama said he believe marrigae should be between a man and a women, so for him to recognize that the law states you can not discriminate, is a start.”
“We "discriminate" - that is, we distinguish and discern by recognizing differences - all the time, and must do so.”
“In Baltimore, ACORN staff assured O'Keefe and Giles that the group doesn't "discriminate" - i.e., has no standards whatsoever.”
“Rabinowitz: I have to dispute that, Dan, in the sense that the lack of discrimination in these judgments--I mean, the capacity to discriminate, which is to tell the difference between one thing and another, is the bulwark of intellectual capacity.”
“I know that one of the philosophical underpinnings of Creative Commons and other Open Content Licensing models is to not discriminate, which is why they are available to anyone.”
“If conservative Christians want to claim a right to hate and discriminate, that is their right, which they have frequently and actively asserted.”
“To fail to discriminate is to set our children up for death.”
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