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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste;
- Example: "the discriminating eye of the connoisseur"

2. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;
- Example: "an acute observer of politics and politicians"
- Example: "incisive comments"
- Example: "icy knifelike reasoning"
- Example: "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"
- Example: "penetrating insight"
- Example: "frequent penetrative observations"
[syn: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discriminate \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. [1913 Webster] To discriminate the goats from the sheep. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discriminating \Dis*crim"i*na`ting\, a. 1. Marking a difference; distinguishing. -- Dis*crim"i*na`ting*ly, adv. [1913 Webster] And finds with keen discriminating sight, Black's not so black; -- nor white so very white. --Canning. [1913 Webster] 2. making careful or fine distinctions, especially as to quality or accuracy; as, a discriminating observer. Syn: discerning, perspicacious. [PJC] 3. having a refined taste or excellent judgment; as, a discriminating taste. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

discriminating adj 1: showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste; "the discriminating eye of the connoisseur" [ant: indiscriminating, undiscriminating] 2: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations" [syn: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

90 Moby Thesaurus words for "discriminating": accurate, adoptive, appointive, appreciative, careful, censorious, characteristic, characterizing, choicy, choosing, choosy, circumspect, civilized, conscientious, considerate, constituent, contrastive, critical, cultivated, cultured, dainty, delicate, diacritical, diagnostic, differencing, differential, differentiative, discerning, discreet, discriminate, discriminative, distinctive, distinguishing, eclectic, elective, electoral, elegant, enlightened, exact, exacting, fastidious, fine, fussy, graceful, gracile, gracious, idiosyncratic, individualizing, individuating, judgmatic, judicial, judicious, keen, meticulous, nice, particular, peculiar, perceptive, perfectionistic, personalizing, picky, polished, politic, precise, precisianistic, priggish, provident, prudent, prudential, prudish, punctilious, puristic, puritanic, refined, reflecting, reflective, scrupulous, select, selecting, selective, sensitive, separative, sophisticated, strict, subtle, tactful, thoughtful, well-advised, well-judged, wise