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QueVivaPSV

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What is meant by 'discrimination or fairness' in this phrase:
Rennick and other payment processing companies that have worked with the online casinos and internet poker sites are concerned about the US Federal indictments being applied without discrimination or fairness – it’s seemingly arbitrary.

It's from a report about the hunt by the US government for processing companies.

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  • reganse

    Senior Member
    English – U.S.
    Fairness = being fair or just

    Discrimination can be a good thing if one uses it in a good way – in choices, for example. He has a discriminating taste in … (whatever). He makes good choices. In this case (in the report), it is saying that indictments are being issued or applied unfairly and without consideration as to which companies should be indicted.
     

    panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    It may be helpful to look at the Merriam-Webster definitions for discrimination:
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discrimination

    We tend to think first of definition #3:
    a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment <racial discrimination>

    But look at this definition.
    2 : the quality or power of finely distinguishing

    As you can see, to say that something was done without discrimination, indiscriminately, could be a negative comment.
     
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