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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?
See also: discriminate
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The diagnostic accuracy was 81% for discriminating FTD from Alzheimer's and 69% for discriminating FTD from controls.
The bank has paid USD335m as damages for discriminating against minority homebuyers.
While some genetic markers are associated with protected groups, such as sickle cell in African Americans, employers can argue that they are discriminating based on genetic markers, and not on the groups that carry them.
Courts have therefore found it necessary to identify and prohibit actions which have the effect of discriminating against Catholics, but which do not necessarily identify Catholics per se.
Three preliminary melting curve analyses showed that this assay was effective in discriminating between the melting peaks of HPAI and LPAI (Figure).
Ohio is not discriminating against products manufactured or business operations performed in any other State;
Virgin Blue's spokesperson Heather Jeffery said that the airline is considering an appeal and rejects outright the claim that it is discriminating on the basis of age, Reuters reported.
I was like, 'Yo, this my cousin, I love him, and I been discriminating against gays.
Since its inception in 1982 this job-training program has prohibited recipients--even religiously affiliated charities--from discriminating in employment on the basis of religion.
She added: "We wouldn't dream of discriminating on grounds of race, sex or age.
If I advertise for a typist, am I discriminating against people who can't type?
Barcelona, Spain) has patented a method for determinating cytokine receptor, especially growth hormone receptor (GHR), activation, by the use of an antibody capable of discriminating between an activated and an inactive cytokine receptor conformation, especially GHR or growth hormone binding protein (GHBP) conformation, the method comprising: contacting the antibody and the cytokine receptor to form a complex, contacting a candidate ligand to the complex, measuring the antibody binding to inactive cytokine receptor and thereby discriminating between an activated and an inactive conformation.
Now a housing association, of which he is a trustee,has been reported to the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE)for allegedly discriminating against people who do not speak Welsh.
Mr Morris said, ``I feel that the British Red Cross Society is discriminating against me, their employees and volunteers and the British on the grounds of religion and culture.
of discriminating against about 15,000 black employees.