- discriminating, discriminatoryBoth words are related to the noun discrimination in two very different senses, and it is important to choose the right one. Discriminating, when used as an adjective, is appreciatory and means ‘showing good taste or judgement’ (will appeal to the discriminating buyer) whereas discriminatory is unfavourable and means ‘showing discrimination or prejudice’ (as in discriminatory attitudes, behaviour, legislation, practices, etc).
Modern English usage. 2014.
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discriminatory — dis‧crim‧i‧na‧to‧ry [dɪsˈkrɪmnətri ǁ nəˌtɔri ] adjective HUMAN RESOURCES LAW treating a person or a group of people differently from other people, in an unfair way : • The courts enacted a series of laws against discriminatory employment… … Financial and business terms
discriminatory — dis·crim·i·na·to·ry /dis kri mə nə ˌtōr ē/ adj 1: applying discrimination in treatment 2: having unlawful discrimination as an effect Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 … Law dictionary
Discriminatory — Dis*crim i*na*to*ry, a. Discriminative. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
discriminatory — 1828; see DISCRIMINATE (Cf. discriminate) + ORY (Cf. ory) … Etymology dictionary
discriminatory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing discrimination or prejudice … English terms dictionary
discriminatory — [di skrim′ənə tôr΄ē] adj. 1. practicing discrimination, or showing prejudice 2. discriminating, or distinguishing … English World dictionary
discriminatory — discriminatorily, adv. /di skrim euh neuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. characterized by or showing prejudicial treatment, esp. as an indication of racial, religious, or sexual bias: discriminatory practices in housing; a discriminatory tax. 2.… … Universalium
discriminatory — [[t]dɪskrɪ̱mɪnətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ Discriminatory laws or practices are unfair because they treat one group of people worse than other groups. These reforms will abolish racially discriminatory laws. Syn: biased … English dictionary
discriminatory — adjective 1. being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand a prejudiced judge • Syn: ↑prejudiced • Ant: ↑unprejudiced (for: ↑prejudiced) • Similar to … Useful english dictionary
discriminatory — adj. Discriminatory is used with these nouns: ↑law, ↑practice, ↑treatment … Collocations dictionary