Meaning of reverse discrimination in English:

reverse discrimination

Pronunciation /rɪˌvəːs dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃn/


mass noun
  • (in the context of the allocation of resources or employment) the practice or policy of favouring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously; positive discrimination.

    ‘And just because your player didn't win the MVP doesn't mean that your reverse discrimination argument will work.’
    • ‘He goes on to talk about Larry Summers, reverse discrimination in favor of conservatives, and problems of mathematics.’
    • ‘Yet reverse discrimination suits by whites almost never have similar positive implications for African-Americans.’
    • ‘A native of Trinidad and of Indo-Caribbean descent has agreed to drop her reverse discrimination suit against the university, and to give up any claim to a teaching job there.’
    • ‘Among the outcomes of the ruling, experts say, could be a reverse discrimination suit filed by a white-owned firm against a company that has a supplier diversity program.’
    • ‘A reverse discrimination suit against the University of Washington is in the fact-finding stage.’
    • ‘However, every case bringing a reverse discrimination claim has ultimately been unsuccessful.’
    • ‘This unconstitutional policy of reverse discrimination against native-born whites has been growing in magnitude for almost four decades, and no administration has done anything to stop it.’
    • ‘Often people who argue for employment equity and affirmative action programmes are accused of promoting reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘In recent years, that, frankly, has led to reverse discrimination in favor of conservatives.’
    • ‘But lately several White colleagues have taken to beefing against affirmative action as reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘Babbar sued, alleging reverse discrimination based on sex, religion, and national origin.’
    • ‘When I was at Yale, the Wall Street Journal ran a long hatchet-job article about the percentage of Yale students who were gay, political correctness, reverse discrimination, etc.’
    • ‘In these circumstances, knowing when relevant criteria are nonetheless discriminatory, or when reverse discrimination is nonetheless legitimate, requires more than sympathetic attention to the particular situation.’
    • ‘Just as the previous discrimination did, this reverse discrimination violates the public equality which defines citizenship.’
    • ‘A small faction of managers in her unit spread rumors that her appointment was a classic case of reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘Then, there are those who see affirmative action as a form of reverse discrimination.’
    • ‘The Amsterdam treaty did not empower the council to permit reverse discrimination in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘The teacher discrimination issue is a potential wedge this year, although his ditching of opposition to reverse discrimination is a sleeper.’
    • ‘Defending his stance Mr O'Flynn said: ‘This is reverse discrimination.’’