• 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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  • 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
    “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
    “Liberalism, above all, means emancipation -- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “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.”


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


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
Discrimination of forms 152 3.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
When the image is fashioned, is an effort made to discriminate and to abstract the dominant characteristics?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
For this discrimination the only precedent seems to be Fox's motion against Lord Sandwich in 1779.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
It appears that the lad has a total want of discrimination.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Nuttall, I am glad to find, is more discriminating, and does the bird fuller justice.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
But we must discriminate.
"The Library and Society" by Various
He gives a good description of senile gangrene which even Pare did not discriminate.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Their slowly growing linen industry was likewise discriminated against in later years.
"Races and Immigrants in America" by John R. Commons
Accordingly, he must learn to discriminate between that which is poisonous and that which is life-supporting.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
No man observed the varieties of character with a more discriminating eye.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various

In poetry:

Contrast with JAMES'S greedy haste
And comprehensive hand,
The nice discriminating taste
"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.

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
We have seen that cos2θ is a lower bound on the minimum probability of inconclusive results when attempting to unambiguously discriminate |ψ1 i and |ψ2 i in Eq. (13).
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
This discrimination requires background rejection on the order of one part in ∼105 or better.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
For odd-number systems, a nonzero value of the empirical pairing gap must be due to interactions, and this allows one easily to discriminate mean-field effects from interactions.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Leaving out very small systems (N = 3), the envelopes for even and odd N are still smooth enough to discriminate mean-field effects from interaction-induced pairing.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Interactions tend to smooth out the odd-N and even-N dependence of the pairing gaps and can thereby be discriminated from the non-smooth mean-field staggering.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
In this region the semiclassical signal is evidently too short to discriminate individual lines.
Semiclassical quantization with bifurcating orbits
The frequency τ −1 belongs to the real cubic field with positive discriminant 49.
Renormalization for cubic frequency invariant tori in Hamiltonian systems with two degrees of freedom
We notice that for the negative discriminant case, this problem cannot occur.
Renormalization for cubic frequency invariant tori in Hamiltonian systems with two degrees of freedom
Udalski et al. 1999) pro jects proved that the Fourier decomposition is a good technique for discriminating the mode among short period (P <∼ 6 d) Cepheids.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids
The requirement is that in the P interval where it is possible to find stars pulsating in different modes, the Fourier parameters must allow us to make the discrimination.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids