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DISCRIMINATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discrimination mean? 

DISCRIMINATION (noun)
  The noun DISCRIMINATION has 2 senses:

1. unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
2. the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

  Familiarity information: DISCRIMINATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCRIMINATION (noun)


Sense 1discrimination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

discrimination; favoritism; favouritism

Hypernyms ("discrimination" is a kind of...):

social control (control exerted (actively or passively) by group action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discrimination"):

able-bodiedism; able-bodism; ableism; ablism (discrimination in favor of the able-bodied)

sexism (discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of the opposite sex)

racial discrimination; racialism; racism (discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race)

nepotism (favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs))

heterosexism (discrimination in favor of heterosexual and against homosexual people)

fatism; fattism (discrimination against people who are overweight)

cronyism (favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications))

ageism; agism (discrimination against middle-aged and elderly people)


Sense 2discrimination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

discrimination; secernment

Hypernyms ("discrimination" is a kind of...):

basic cognitive process (cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discrimination"):

differentiation; distinction (a discrimination between things as different and distinct)

individualisation; individualization; individuation (discriminating the individual from the generic group or species)

appreciation; discernment; perceptiveness; taste (delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values))


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