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English definition of “discrimination”

discrimination

noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)   /dɪˌskrɪm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/
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 noun (SEEING A DIFFERENCE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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