Discrimination

Definition of Discrimination

Dis`crim`i`na´tion
n.1.The act of discriminating, distinguishing, or noting and marking differences.
To make an anxious discrimination between the miracle absolute and providential.
- Trench.
2.The state of being discriminated, distinguished, or set apart.
3.(Railroads) The arbitrary imposition of unequal tariffs for substantially the same service.
A difference in rates, not based upon any corresponding difference in cost, constitutes a case of discrimination.
- A. T. Hadley.
4.The quality of being discriminating; faculty of nicely distinguishing; acute discernment; as, to show great discrimination in the choice of means.
5.That which discriminates; mark of distinction.

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