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discrimination

1.  the practice of treating one person or group differently from another in an unfair way:

discrimination against
widespread discrimination against older people in the job market
discrimination in favour of
discrimination in favour of university graduates
racial/sex/religious etc discrimination (=treating someone unfairly because of their race, sex etc)
positive discrimination, reverse discrimination
 
2. the ability to recognize the difference between two or more things, especially the difference in their quality:

appearance

way somebody/something looks

[uncountable and countable]
the way someone or something looks to other people

He was always criticising his wife's appearance.
appearance of
They've changed the appearance of the whole building.
We are often attracted to somebody first by theirphysical appearance.
Women, in general, tend to be more concerned than men about their personal appearance.
She had an outward appearance of calm, but deep down she was really worried.

tool

[countable]

1 something that you hold in your hand and use to do a particular job:
I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
a shop selling garden tools
2  piece of equipment or a skill that is useful for doing your job:
Television is an important tool for the modern teacher.
These books arethe tools ofmytrade (=the things I need to do my job).

provide

[transitive verb]

1 to give something to someone or make it available to them, because they need it or want it [↪ provision]:
Tea and biscuits will be provided.
provide something for somebody
The hotelprovidesa shoe-cleaning servicefor guests.
provide somebody with something
The project is designed to provide young people with work.
2 to produce something useful as a result:
We are hoping the enquiry will provide an explanation for the accident.
provide somebody with something
The search provided the police with several vital clues.

cover

  • (verb)news
    to report the details of an event for a newspaper or a television or radio programme:
    I'd just returned from covering the Cambodian war.
  • to include or deal with a particular subject or group of things:
    'Exercise' is a word which covers a vast range of activities.

skill

[uncountable and countable noun]

an ability to do something well, especially because you have learned and practised it [↪ talent]:
Reading and writing are two different skills.
Many jobs today require computer skills.
skill in/at
He was valued for his skill in raising money for the company.
develop/acquire/learn a skill
opportunities to acquire new skills
with skill
The whole team played with great skill and determination.
technical/management/practical etc skill
the kinds of communication skills required of teachers
Students need to possess certainbasic skillsby the time they finish school.

remote sensing

the use of satellites to obtain pictures and information about the Earth

sensor

a piece of equipment used for discovering the presence of light, heat, movement etc

capteur (fr.)

perceive

[transitive verb not in progressive]

1 written: to understand or think of something or someone in a particular way [↪ perception]
perceive something/somebody as something
Even as a young woman she had been perceived as a future chief executive.
perceive something/somebody to be something
Children who do badly in school tests often perceive themselves to be failures.
 
2 formal: to notice, see, or recognize something [↪ perceptive]:
That morning, he perceived a change in Franca's mood.
Cats are not able to perceive colour.
perceive that
He perceived that there was no other way out of the crisis.

unbiased

unbiased information, opinions, advice etc is fair because the person giving it is not influenced by their own or other people's opinions [= impartial]:

We aim to provide a service that is balanced and unbiased.
an unbiased observer

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