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  • To distinguish.
         Since he was colorblind he was unable to discriminate between the blue and green bottles.
  • To made decisions based on prejudice.
         The law prohibits discriminating based on skin color.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



DISCRIMINATE, v.i. To note the particulars in which one person or
thing is, if possible, more objectionable than another.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Dis*crim"i*nate (?), a. [L. discriminatus, p. p. of discriminare to divide, separate, fr. discrimen division, distinction, decision, fr. discernere. See Discern, and cf. Criminate.] Having the difference marked; distinguished by certain tokens. Bacon.

Dis*crim"i*nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discriminated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Discriminating (?).] To set apart as being different; to mark as different; to separate from another by discerning differences; to distinguish. Cowper.

To discriminate the goats from the sheep.
Barrow.

Dis*crim"i*nate (?), v. i. 1. To make a difference or distinction; to distinguish accurately; as, in judging of evidence, we should be careful to discriminate between probability and slight presumption.

2. (a) To treat unequally. (b) (Railroads) To impose unequal tariffs for substantially the same service.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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