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discriminate against (someone or something)

To impose limitations on a particular person or group for prejudicial reasons. Those who continue to discriminate against people of color will continue to meet resistance from those who believe in equality.
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discriminate between (someone or something)

To recognize the differences between people or things. I have a hard time discriminating between Jim and Greg, but they are identical twins after all. You can discriminate between hydrangea and phlox by looking at their leaves.

discriminate against someone or something

to single out a type of person or thing for special negative treatment or denial of equal treatment; to act in a prejudicial manner against someone or something. This law discriminates against short people. You discriminate against people in wheelchairs.
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discriminate between

someone and someone else or something and something else to distinguish between people or between things. I find it hard these days to discriminate between my friends and my enemies. Can you discriminate between this shade of pink and that one?
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Association -- Employers cannot harass or otherwise discriminate against someone because he or she is associated with a person or organization of a particular religion or ethnicity.
Physical fitness standards are only subject to scrutiny under Title VII when they either expressly discriminate against a Title VII protected group or, more commonly, when they have the effect of discriminating against such a protected group.
Dias, (10) decided the same year, dealt with a tax exemption from the Hawaii liquor excise tax for certain locally produced alcoholic beverages that did not facially discriminate against out-of-state distributors, but that violated the Commerce Clause by according reciprocal benefits to Hawaii's local liquor industry.
If Kirklees Council discriminates in favour of minority groups it discriminates against me.
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY), respectively, would make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of genetic information.
401(m)), must prove annually that these deferrals and contributions do not discriminate against nonhighly compensated employees (NHCEs) in favor of highly compensated employees (HCEs).
Same-sex liaisons are Satan's counterfeit of marriage, and on July 12, 2002, three Superior Court of Ontario Justices ruled unanimously that not to recognize samesex marriages would be a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it would discriminate against "gays" and lesbians.
Mental ailments don't discriminate by creed, race, or gender; however, societies tend to wrongfully discriminate against those suffering from such disorders.
And when I found out that the Scouts discriminate against people like him, it just blew my mind away.
It is to be hoped state lawmakers will not try, instead, to legislate taxes that discriminate in more subtle ways in an effort to circumvent South Central Bell entirely.
Suspecting that serum, the fluid portion of blood, might also carry the odorants, investigators tested whether mice can discriminate among blood samples.
The report, partly sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board, concludes that mortgage lenders do not discriminate against blacks.
The statute on its face did not discriminate against out-of-state distributors, but the reciprocal benefit afforded to Hawaii's local liquor products and industry was found to violate the Commerce Clause's ban on discriminatory treatment of in-state and out-of-state taxpayers.
President Bush may say he's opposed to federal employment discrimination against gays, but he's A-OK with federal money going to "faith-based" groups that discriminate.