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DISCRIMINATORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discriminatory mean? 

DISCRIMINATORY (adjective)
  The adjective DISCRIMINATORY has 4 senses:

1. being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand
2. containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
3. capable of making fine distinctions
4. manifesting partiality

  Familiarity information: DISCRIMINATORY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCRIMINATORY (adjective)


Sense 1discriminatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand

Synonyms:

discriminatory; prejudiced

Context example:

a prejudiced judge

Similar:

homophobic (prejudiced against homosexual people)

jaundiced (showing or affected by prejudice or envy or distaste)

loaded ((of statements or questions) charged with associative significance and often meant to mislead or influence)

anti-Semite; antiblack; racist (discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion)

sexist (discriminatory on the basis of sex (usually said of men's attitude toward women))


Sense 2discriminatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice

Synonyms:

invidious; discriminatory

Context examples:

discriminatory attitudes and practices / invidious comparisons

Similar:

unfavorable; unfavourable (not encouraging or approving or pleasing)


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Meaning:

Capable of making fine distinctions

Synonyms:

discriminative; discriminatory

Similar:

discriminating (showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste)


Sense 4discriminatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Manifesting partiality

Synonyms:

preferential; discriminatory

Context examples:

a discriminatory tax / preferential tariff rates / preferential treatment / a preferential shop gives priority or advantage to union members in hiring or promoting

Similar:

advantageous (giving an advantage)


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