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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.
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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?
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So, if you discriminate against people who are oriented to the same sex, you are violating the Charter.
The Supreme Court has ruled that for a governmental entity (the only type of entity restricted by the constitution) to discriminate under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, a plaintiff must prove an intent to discriminate.
And when I found out that the Scouts discriminate against people like him, it just blew my mind away.
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.
In other words, since 1941, our national policy has been that even if you can build better and cheaper rifles, the Army will not buy them from you if you discriminate in employment.
The council charges the benefit actually discriminates against families on welfare and against women, who are the majority of single parents.
JURISPRUDENCE: A federal law credited with transforming women's athletics discriminates against men in low-profile college sports such as wrestling and track, coaches and athletes said in a lawsuit against the government.
In a widely anticipated decision, a court of appeal ruled that California's dividends-received deduction (DRD) for dividends received from insurance companies is unconstitutional, became it discriminates against interstate commerce in violation of the Commerce Clause (Ceridian Corp.
The American Civil Liberties Union argued that treating pregnant or parenting students differently from others discriminates against young women.
How original sin discriminates against females is by no means clear.
The complaint charges that, among other things, Morgan Stanley discriminates against female Financial Advisors in compensation by assigning fewer and less valuable accounts to female Financial Advisors and by giving them fewer business leads and referrals than men, which results in male brokers having more accounts and greater compensation.
By holding standards for the hiring of police and fire personnel, the city of Los Angeles discriminates against those who can't meet those standards.
As with any religious organization or any organization that discriminates, there should no longer be one dollar of public support given to the Boy Scouts.
If the provision of the benefit by the employer discriminates in favor of a prohibited class of employees (e.