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discriminating (adj) able to see the difference (in matters of art, etc.).

A discriminating person can see the difference between the good and not so good, the beautiful and the slightly less beautiful. They have the ability to find the very subtle differences among things. A discriminating art critic can tell an original from a fake; a discriminating customer is one who makes a good bargain.

  • Kerry is discriminating enough to see the difference in the tone of Clara and can judge from it her different moods and attitudes.
  • The discriminating professor did not miss the change in Flint's attitude to studies. From being a highly brilliant top scorer he has slipped a little low though he is still the best.
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