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discriminationnoun [U]

 us   /dɪˌskrɪm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/

discrimination noun [U] (WORSE TREATMENT)

the ​treatment of a ​person or ​particulargroup of ​peopledifferently, 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 ​seriouscrime. 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 ​itsdifference from other, ​similar things: He ​showed discrimination in his ​readinghabits.
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discriminationnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˌskrɪm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/

discrimination noun [U] (DIFFERENT TREATMENT)

C1 treating a ​person or ​particulargroup of ​peopledifferently, ​especially in a ​worse way from the way in which you ​treat other ​people, because of ​theirskincolour, ​sex, sexuality, etc.: racial/​sex/​age discrimination Until 1986 most ​companies would not ​evenallow women to take the ​exams, but such ​blatant discrimination is now ​disappearing.
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discrimination noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)

formal the ​ability to ​see the ​difference between two things or ​people
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discriminationnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən/
the ​practice of ​treating particular ​people, ​companies, or ​products differently from others, especially in an ​unfair way: He will ​work in ​partnership with a ​range of ​organizations to ​helpeliminate discrimination against disabledpeople.victims/targets of discrimination People sometimes have difficulty perceiving themselves as victims of discrimination.discrimination on the basis of/grounds of sth Federal ​lawbans discrimination on the ​basis of ​gender.discrimination between sth (and sth) The new ​lawsreduce the possibility of ​unfair discrimination between ​companiesseeking to ​list on the Exchange. racial/sex/age discrimination fight/​prohibit/​tackle discrimination The ​commission was ​created to ​addressissues of discrimination in the ​workplace. allegations/​claims/​complaints of discrimination a discrimination ​case/​lawsuit
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “discrimination”
in Arabic تَمييز…
in Korean 차별…
in Portuguese discriminação…
in Catalan discriminació…
in Japanese 差別…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不同的待遇, 歧视, 区别对待…
in Turkish (cinsiyet, ırk, din vb.) ayrımı/ayrımcılığı…
in Russian дискриминация…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不同的待遇, 歧視, 區別對待…
in Italian discriminazione…
in Polish dyskryminacja…
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