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dis•crim•i•nate



Pronunciation: (
v.di-skrim'u nāt";
adj.di-skrim'u-nit),
[key]
v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
adj.


v.i.
1. to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality: The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.

v.t.
1. to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate: a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
2. to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.

adj.
marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions: discriminate people; discriminate judgments.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

discriminant functiondiscriminating
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