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discriminate vi

: to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit
: to make a difference in treatment on a basis prohibited by law (as national origin, race, sex, religion, age, or disability) see also bona fide occupational qualification , equal protection , reverse discrimination , suspect class Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the Important Laws section amendment xiv to the Constitution in the back matter
dis·crim·i·na·tion [dis-kri-mə-nā-shən]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.