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[rey-shuh l] /ˈreɪ ʃəl/
of or relating to the social construct of race: racial diversity;
racial stereotypes.
(no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one race or the races of humankind.
Origin of racial
First recorded in 1860-65; race2 + -ial
Related forms
racially, adverb
antiracial, adjective
nonracial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for racial
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  • The exception rather than the rule, there is no reason why he should not be the racial type.

  • Yet in their racial and national relationships they are indubitably American.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • All racial lines in literature are extremely difficult to draw.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • She it is who has to play the chief part in the racial life.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • The problems of our individual loves are linked on to the racial life.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for racial


denoting or relating to the division of the human species into races on grounds of physical characteristics
characteristic of any such group
relating to or arising from differences between the races: racial harmony
of or relating to a subspecies
Derived Forms
racially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for racial

1862, from race (n.2) + -ial. Related: Racially.

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racial in Medicine

racial ra·cial (rā'shəl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of race or races.

  2. Arising from or based on differences among human racial groups.

ra'cial·ly adv.
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