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desegregation

[dee-seg-ri-gey-shuh n, dee-seg-]
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noun
  1. the elimination of laws, customs, or practices under which people from different religions, ancestries, ethnic groups, etc., are restricted to specific or separate public facilities, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, or the like.
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Origin of desegregation

First recorded in 1950–55; de- + segregation
Related formsde·seg·re·ga·tion·ist, nounan·ti·de·seg·re·ga·tion, adjective
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Word Origin and History for desegregation

n.

1935, American English, from de- "do the opposite of" + segregation in the racial sense.

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