Definition of “discrimination” - English Dictionary

“discrimination” in British English

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discriminationnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˌskrɪm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /dɪˌskrɪm.əˈneɪ.ʃən/

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.

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(Definition of “discrimination” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“discrimination” in American English

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discriminationnoun [ U ]

us /dɪˌskrɪm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/

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)

“discrimination” in Business English

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discriminationnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən/ us

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 help eliminate discrimination against disabled people.
victims/targets of discrimination People sometimes have difficulty perceiving themselves as victims of discrimination.
discrimination on the basis of/grounds of sth Federal law bans discrimination on the basis of gender.
discrimination between sth (and sth) The new laws reduce the possibility of unfair discrimination between companies seeking to list on the Exchange.
racial/sex/age discrimination
fight/prohibit/tackle discrimination
The commission was created to address issues 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)