Definition of discriminatory in English:



  • Making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction between different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

    ‘discriminatory employment practices’
    • ‘Families of political prisoners also had to bear discriminatory practices for many years.’
    • ‘It said that workers could face the sack for any racist, sexist or any other discriminatory behaviour.’
    • ‘His legal argument was that the dress code is unfair and can be used against men in a discriminatory way.’
    • ‘I posted last year about the discriminatory practice of denying all gay men the chance of donating blood.’
    • ‘The arguments put forward to lock them out of the scheme were always discriminatory and quite unfair.’
    • ‘It creates a system that can be used in a discriminatory or racist manner.’
    • ‘Human interaction has been composed of discriminatory actions since the dawn of the race.’
    • ‘It is discriminatory as the closure will disproportionately affect older people and those with disabilities.’
    • ‘Do you see that as a counterweight to the discriminatory practices that you've been documenting?’
    • ‘He says he did not formally indicate to the Tribunal that he felt his treatment by them was unfair and discriminatory.’
    • ‘If an officer acted in a racially discriminatory way in dealing with the public then a claim could be brought against that officer.’
    • ‘Enable children to think more critically about prejudice and discriminatory behaviour.’
    • ‘The bill is discriminatory and inequitable, and the Government will pay for that.’
    • ‘There is nothing biased or discriminatory or even vaguely xenophobic about this.’
    • ‘It is unfair and discriminatory to charge disabled people more to travel.’
    • ‘He also said it would be discriminatory to limit the number of fêtes to be held in the area or to pick and choose between fête venues.’
    • ‘The move was denounced by human rights organisations as racist, undemocratic and discriminatory.’
    • ‘It sets the stage for discriminatory practices against disabled and sick people.’
    • ‘A lot of opposition came from representatives of States where law or practice were crudely discriminatory.’
    • ‘Of course, it's unlikely that any of these discriminatory practices will be changed in the near future.’
    prejudicial, biased, prejudiced, preferential, unfair, unjust, invidious, inequitable, weighted, one-sided, partisan
    sexist, heterosexist, homophobic, anti-gay, chauvinistic, chauvinist, racist, racialist, anti-semitic, ageist, disablist, classist
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