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noun [uncountable]     discrimination pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    unfair treatment of someone because of their religion, race, or other personal features
    sexual/sex/racial/age discrimination:

    Ms Howell claimed she had been the victim of sexual discrimination.

    discrimination against:

    discrimination against women

    discrimination in:

    The legislation would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, and education.

    discrimination on the grounds of (=because of):

    Discrimination on the grounds of sex or race is unlawful.

  2. 2
    the ability to judge whether or not something is good or suitable

    Try to exercise discrimination when making your choice.

  3. 3
    formal the ability to recognize the difference between things


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