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Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare, from discrimin-, discrimen distinction, from discernere to distinguish between — more at discern


transitive verb
  • 1 a : to mark or perceive the distinguishing or peculiar features of
b : distinguish, differentiate <discriminate hundreds of colors>
  • 2 : to distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially : to distinguish from another like object
intransitive verb
  • 1 a : to make a distinction <discriminate among historical sources>
b : to use good judgment
  • 2 : to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit <discriminate in favor of your friends> <discriminate against a certain nationality>

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