dis-, di-, dif-

(Latin: separation, apart, asunder; removal, away, from; negation, deprivation, undoing, reversal, utterly, completely; in different directions)

The meaning of dis- varies with different words; dif-, assimilated form of dis- before f; di-, form of dis- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v.

discrepancy (s) (noun), discrepancies (pl)
1. A lack of agreement or balance: "There is a discrepancy when there is a difference between two things that should be the same."
2. A divergence or disagreement; such as, between facts or claims; a difference: "There are discrepancies between the results of the two research results."
3. Etymology: from Latin discrepantia. "discordance, discrepancy", from discrepantem, discrepans, discrepare, "sound differently, differ"; from dis-, "apart, off" + crepare, "to rattle, to crack, to creak".
discrete (dis KREET) (adjective), more discrete, most discrete
Completely separated and unconnected; that is, disconnected from others; distinct or separate: Charity and compassion are considered to be two discrete qualities.

Most learning processes can be broken down into a series of discrete steps.

discretion (s) (noun), discretions (pl)
1. The good judgment and sensitivity needed to avoid embarrassing or upsetting others.
2. The freedom or authority to judge something or to make a decision about it.
3. Etymology: from Late Latin discretionem, "discernment, power to make distinctions"; from Latin discretionem, "separation, distinction"; from discre-, the stem of discernere, "to separate, to distinguish".
discriminant (s) (noun), discriminants (pl)
discriminate (verb), discriminates; discriminated; discriminating
1. To treat one person or group worse than others or better than others; usually, because of a prejudice about race, ethnic group, age group, religion, or gender.
2. To pay attention to subtle differences and exercise judgment and taste accordingly.
discriminately (adverb), more discriminately, most discriminately
discriminating (adjective), more discriminating, most discriminating
1. Referring to the ability to identify subtle or very small differences and having an appreciation for good quality or taste.
2. Used to describe tariffs that are set at different rates for different importers.
discrimination (s) (noun), discriminations (pl)
discriminative (adjective), more discriminative, most discriminative
To free from blame or the imputation of a fault; to exculpate.
discursive (adjective), more discursive, most discursive
Pertaining to a lengthy and a wide field of subjects, or topics including extra material which is not necessary to what is being written or spoken about: The speaker at the convention gave a discursive presentation that wandered from one topic to another one about information which was not relevant to the main subject.
A reference to rambling from one topic to another one in order to evade a direct answer.
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discursively (adverb), more discursively, most discursively
A reference to talking or to writing about many different things in a way that is not highly organized: Glenda's sister is a newspaper reporter who avoids any tendency to discursively write contents that are not well structured and well planned.
1. To talk about a subject with others: "We need to discuss it with the others first."
2. To consider a topic in speaking or writing: "He wanted to discuss the procedures described in the book."
1. Someone who speaks or talks over a subject with another person or with others.
2. Anyone who examines or considers (a subject) for a speech or writing.
discussion (di SKUSH uhn) (s) (noun), discussions (pl)
1. A talk between two or more people about a subject, usually to exchange ideas or to reach a conclusion, or any talk of this kind: Just as Susan entered the kitchen, she overheard her parents having a discussion, or conversation, about where to spend their next holiday.
2. A detailed consideration or examination of a topic in writing or speech: There was a discourse or discussion in a magazine article about the best and healthiest method to lose weight.