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English definition of “discrimination”

discrimination

noun [U]  /dɪˌskrɪm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/ us  

discrimination noun [U] (WORSE TREATMENT)

the treatment of a person or particular group of people differently, in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated: Some immigrants were victims of discrimination. The law made racial discrimination in employment a serious crime. She claims she is a victim of age discrimination. politics & government Discrimination is also prejudice against people and a refusal to give them their rights.

discrimination noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)

the ability to judge the quality of something based on its difference from other, similar things: He showed discrimination in his reading habits.
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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