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’
    • ‘The move was denounced by human rights organisations as racist, undemocratic and discriminatory.’
    • ‘It creates a system that can be used in a discriminatory or racist manner.’
    • ‘The arguments put forward to lock them out of the scheme were always discriminatory and quite unfair.’
    • ‘There is nothing biased or discriminatory or even vaguely xenophobic about this.’
    • ‘His legal argument was that the dress code is unfair and can be used against men in a discriminatory way.’
    • ‘He says he did not formally indicate to the Tribunal that he felt his treatment by them was unfair and discriminatory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bill is discriminatory and inequitable, and the Government will pay for that.’
    • ‘If an officer acted in a racially discriminatory way in dealing with the public then a claim could be brought against that officer.’
    • ‘I posted last year about the discriminatory practice of denying all gay men the chance of donating blood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lot of opposition came from representatives of States where law or practice were crudely discriminatory.’
    • ‘Enable children to think more critically about prejudice and discriminatory behaviour.’
    • ‘It sets the stage for discriminatory practices against disabled and sick people.’
    • ‘Of course, it's unlikely that any of these discriminatory practices will be changed in the near future.’
    • ‘It is unfair and discriminatory to charge disabled people more to travel.’
    • ‘Do you see that as a counterweight to the discriminatory practices that you've been documenting?’
    • ‘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.’
    prejudicial, biased, prejudiced, preferential, unfair, unjust, invidious, inequitable, weighted, one-sided, partisan
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