Definition of discriminant in English:


Line breaks: dis|crim¦in|ant
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrɪmɪnənt


1A distinguishing feature or characteristic: anaemia 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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