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discrimination


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discrimination  \Dis*crim`i*na"tion\,  n.  [L.  discriminatio  the 
  contrasting  of  opposite  thoughts.] 
  1.  The  act  of  discriminating,  distinguishing,  or  noting  and 
  marking  differences. 
 
  To  make  an  anxious  discrimination  between  the 
  miracle  absolute  and  providential.  --Trench. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  discriminated,  distinguished,  or  set 
  apart.  --Sir  J.  Reynolds. 
 
  3.  (Railroads)  The  arbitrary  imposition  of  unequal  tariffs 
  for  substantially  the  same  service. 
 
  A  difference  in  rates,  not  based  upon  any 
  corresponding  difference  in  cost,  constitutes  a  case 
  of  discrimination.  --A.  T. 
  Hadley. 
 
  4.  The  quality  of  being  discriminating;  faculty  of  nicely 
  distinguishing;  acute  discernment;  as  to  show  great 
  discrimination  in  the  choice  of  means 
 
  5.  That  which  discriminates;  mark  of  distinction. 
 
  Syn:  Discernment;  penetration;  clearness;  acuteness; 
  judgment;  distinction.  See  {Discernment}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discrimination 
  n  1:  unfair  treatment  of  a  person  or  group  on  the  basis  of 
  prejudice  [syn:  {favoritism},  {favouritism}] 
  2:  the  cognitive  process  whereby  differences  between  two  or 
  more  stimuli  are  perceived 




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