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English definition of “discriminate”


verb [I] (TREAT DIFFERENTLY)    /dɪˈskrɪm.ɪ.neɪt/
C1 to treat a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, because of their skin colour, sex, sexuality, etc.: She felt she had been discriminated against because of her age. In order to increase the number of female representatives, the selection committee decided to discriminate in favour of women for three years.Human rightsUnfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness discriminatory     /-nə.tər.i/ US  /-nə.tɔːri/ adjective discriminatory legislation/laws/practicesUnfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness
(Definition of discriminate verb (TREAT DIFFERENTLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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