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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.
See also: discriminate

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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: discriminate

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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Instances of good repigmentation were also discriminately assessed in patients with lesser or greater deteriorations than median value of DLQI.
Similarly, the problem with Yeshiva's policy is not that it seeks to reward couples who enter into marriage, but that access to marriage was (and still is in most parts of the country) granted to couples discriminately on the basis of sexual orientation.
Although policy choices may comprise an ideological bias, as elected representatives devise laws meant to satisfy their electorate's specific political preferences, they are not discriminately applied, so even people who haven't voted for that party/candidate may benefit from them.
Part of the Army's versatility lies in its combat forces, which have the ability to be discriminately lethal.
"I'm really annoyed by how they apply the law so discriminately in Lothian and the Borders.
The board of directors of the bank has again acted discriminately. It allowed hefty return to only one of its stakeholders i.a, shareholders when anncunced cash dividend of 75 percent along with 10 percent bonus.
Students protested the university's dismissive handling of reports of a racist professor, who discriminately failed black students at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Canada (now Concordia University).
Thus, the use of drones as a means to enhance a state's capacity to act on just cause proportionately and discriminately may lead to the propensity to do the opposite.
Investors recognize that Russia is on the sidelines of the global debt turmoil and currently view the country favorably; they are not willing to lighten positions in Russian equities discriminately. However, it will be difficult for the Russian market to perform strongly in absolute terms in the short-term due to the choppy markets and recent relative outperformance.
I'm into swarthy liquors and am discriminately against anything pale.
Yet it undermines the tariff ethos if the sanction of nonparticipation is used discriminately. Architects of the tariffs maintain it is already helping to define the courses horsemen should be in partnership with to drive racing forward.
No discrimination is permitted from fixed providers, while mobile provides are allowed to act discriminately provided it's justifiable.
In discriminately analysis three problems are to be related, one is to determine whether difference in score profiles for two or more groups, secondly maximizing the discriminations among groups by combining the variables in some way and thirdly establishing rules for the new individual to be placed.
Biggs' case is a glaring example of how ambiguous and discriminately the exclusion zone ordinance is being applied," the news release quotes Regan as saying.
May 30, 1977 Newsweek reports, "Among hostesses in the smart sets of Los Angeles and New York, a little cocaine, like Dom Perignon and Beluga caviar, is now de rigueur at dinners." The article cautions that cocaine can be dangerous bur "a number of researchers have concluded that it can be safer than liquor and cigarettes when used discriminately."