discriminate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj discriminate marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions "discriminate judgments","discriminate people"
    • v discriminate recognize or perceive the difference
    • v discriminate distinguish "I could not discriminate the different tastes in this complicated dish"
    • v discriminate treat differently on the basis of sex or race
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Discriminate Having the difference marked; distinguished by certain tokens.
    • Discriminate To impose unequal tariffs for substantially the same service.
    • Discriminate To make a difference or distinction; to distinguish accurately; as, in judging of evidence, we should be careful to discriminate between probability and slight presumption.
    • v. t Discriminate To set apart as being different; to mark as different; to separate from another by discerning differences; to distinguish. "To discriminate the goats from the sheep."
    • Discriminate To treat unequally.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discriminate To distinguish from something else, or from each other; separate observe or mark the differences between, absolutely or by some note or sign of distinction: as, to discriminate true from false modesty; to discriminate animals by names.
    • discriminate To select; pick out; make a distinction in regard to: as, to discriminate certain persons from a crowd of applicants.
    • discriminate To make a difference or distinction; observe or note a difference; distinguish: as, to discriminate between degrees of guilt.
    • discriminate Discriminating-perceiving nice differences.
    • discriminate Distinctive; discriminated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discriminate dis-krim′i-nāt to note the difference: to distinguish: to select from others
    • v.i Discriminate to make a difference or distinction: to distinguish
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Quotations

  • Michael E. Gerber
    Michael E. Gerber
    “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication”
  • Rubye Fields
    Rubye Fields
    “Generally, employees who file complaints of discrimination do so as a last resort.”
  • Golda Meir
    Golda%20Meir
    “Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    Hubert%20H.%20Humphrey
    “Liberalism, above all, means emancipation -- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.”
  • Roger Sperry
    Roger Sperry
    “What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. discriminatus, p. p. of discriminare, to divide, separate, fr. discrimen, division, distinction, decision, fr. discernere,. See Discern, and cf. Criminate

Usage

In literature:

Ability to discriminate between words (112).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
Unfortunately their appeal fails to make proper discriminations.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Does the Constitution discriminate between different kinds of property?
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Here are no sublime professions, but a steady, modest, resolute, discriminate doing.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
The vast audience was enthusiastic: several of them also were discriminating in their praise.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
It appears that the lad has a total want of discrimination.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Spinoza has not discriminated aright between these two concepts, in respect either of their nature or their origin.
"Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws" by James Buchanan
These could not at first be explained, because this fact of discriminative absorption was not known.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
The young child's subtle discriminations of facial and other personal indications are remarkable.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
After that, the gradually discriminated taste of the mother, and scent of the mother.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
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In poetry:

Contrast with JAMES'S greedy haste
And comprehensive hand,
The nice discriminating taste
Of APPLEBODY BLAND.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Beneath the thicket of these leaves
No light discriminates each from each.
No Self that wrongs, no Self that grieves
Hath longer deed nor creed nor speech.
"From “Taliesin: a Masque”:Voices Of Unseen Spirits" by Richard Hovey
Oh, mystery! who can understand
Why, sudden, from God's mighty hand
Destructive bolts of power
Without discrimination strike
The evil and the good alike--
As in that dreadful hour!
"Mysterious" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Bellingham woman in WAC band horrified by discrimination against black colleague.
Court's Dismissal of Teacher's Discrimination Case Reflects Hosanna -Tabor.
Diaz Santillan told reporters Wednesday that she came forward so other housekeepers would not face discrimination.
From earliest life we learn to discriminate what is good or bad for us.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – In his outstretched hand, Keeping Up's senior policy analyst brandished a now-empty library folder labeled "AGED, United States, Discrimination, 1980 --".
Employers should take the $54 million discrimination-claim settlement by Morgan Stanley as a warning to check on their own workplace practices.
EEOC to focus on pregnancy, caregiver discrimination.
But for a lot of discriminating travelers, water is the way to go.
2 similarly showed that BMI has poor ability to discriminate incident cases of ischaemic heart disease from controls who were matched on age, sex, and immediate neighbourhood of residence.
Injustice, inequality and discrimination -- political bullying -- are practiced by the powerful to keep the "others" down.
Clearly not one to discriminate against the surfboard's spongey stepbrother.
In vitro fertilization clinic cannot discriminate based on marital status .
Ex-TDCJ Spokeswoman Sues Over Alleged Gender Discrimination.
) school district to shut down the use of seclusion rooms, saying they discriminate against children with disabilities if they are not used for other students.
Group wants Memphis to include sexual discrimination ban.
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In science:

We think therefore that the study of quantum dynamics could discriminate between such models and those we have considered where they are uncorrelated.
Quantum Dynamics and Random Matrix Theory
Due to this, there exists an unambiguous indicator at our disposal that helps to discriminate between symmetric and antisymmetric components of the states.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
For unambiguous discrimination we find that it is possible to improve on the probability of inconclusive results based on single-system measurements.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
The physical reason for the better performance of the present strategy compared to the individual unambiguous state discrimination is clear.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
It follows that any universal bound on the probability of unambiguous discrimination between two pure states must apply to the particular setup considered here.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
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