Definition of discriminant in English:


Syllabification: dis·crim·i·nant
Pronunciation: /disˈkrimənənt


  • 1An agent or characteristic that enables things, people, or classes to be distinguished from one another: anemia is commonly present in patients with both conditions, and is therefore not a helpful discriminant
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    • The relative impact of these characteristics was explored in discriminant analyses.
    • We thus obtained measures of environmental and mammal community characteristics, independent of the discriminant analyses of macrohabitats.
    • Although there is general agreement that service quality and satisfaction are distinct constructs, some researchers have had difficulty establishing the discriminant validity of the two constructs.
  • 1.1 Mathematics A function of the coefficients of a polynomial equation whose value gives information about the roots of the polynomial. See also discriminant function.
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    • Laplace, in 1795, tried to prove the FTA using a completely different approach using the discriminant of a polynomial.
    • The canonical discriminant function procedure was used for evaluating the overall discriminant regression equation.
    • Variable represents the discriminant of the cubic polynomial,


mid 19th century (in the sense 'showing discernment'): from Latin discriminant- 'distinguishing between', from the verb discriminare (see discriminate).

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