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English definition of “discrimination”

discrimination

noun [U] uk   /dɪˌskrɪm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  

discrimination noun [U] (DIFFERENT TREATMENT)

C1 treating 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.: racial/sex/age discrimination Until 1986 most companies would not even allow women to take the exams, but such blatant discrimination is now disappearing.

discrimination noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)

formal the ability to see the difference between two things or people
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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