an act or instance of , or of making a distinction.
treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit:
racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment:
She chose the colors with great discrimination.
Archaic. something that serves to differentiate.
unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, etc; action based on prejudice
subtle appreciation in matters of taste
the ability to see fine distinctions and differences
(electronics) the selection of a signal having a particular frequency, amplitude, phase, etc, effected by the elimination of other signals by means of a discriminator
1640s, “the making of distinctions,” from Late Latin discriminationem (nominative discriminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of discriminare (see discriminate). Especially in a prejudicial way, based on race, 1866, American English. Meaning “discernment” is from 1814.
It especially annoys me when racists are accused of ‘discrimination.’ The ability to discriminate is a precious facility; by judging all members of one ‘race’ to be the same, the racist precisely shows himself incapable of discrimination. [Christopher Hitchens]
a person who advocates antidisestablishmentarianism. of or relating to antidisestablishmentarianism.
opposition to the withdrawal of state support or recognition from an established church, especially the Anglican Church in 19th-century England. noun originally, opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England, now opposition to the belief that there should no longer be an official church in a country Examples When people are asked for the […]
a person who . disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude: a ban on dissident magazines. Contemporary Examples Though they were released a day later, this crackdown sent shockwaves through the dissident community in Egypt. Egypt’s Internet Crackdown David Keyes January 24, 2010 Another type altogether, forged from a different metal, more businessman than […]
- Antidiuretic hormone
vasopressin. Abbreviation: ADH. noun another name for vasopressin ADH antidiuretic hormone n. Abbr. ADH See vasopressin. antidiuretic hormone (ān’tē-dī’ə-rět’ĭk, ān’tī-) A polypeptide hormone secreted by the posterior portion of the pituitary gland that constricts blood vessels, raises blood pressure, and reduces excretion of urine. Also called vasopressin.
of or relating to a substance that suppresses the formation of urine. any such substance. adjective (of a hormone, treatment, etc) acting on the kidneys to control water excretion antidiuretic an·ti·di·u·ret·ic (ān’tē-dī’ə-rět’ĭk, ān’tī-) n. An agent that reduces the output of urine.