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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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  • Neither was their personality stamped in any way, professionally, socially or racially.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • We are what we are by reason of what we have already been, as well individually as racially.

    Second Sight

  • racially of course they are different from us as they are different from each other.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The Bulgar wanted the Macedonian to be one with him nationally, as he is racially.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • It will also be brought into essential harmony politically and racially.

    The United Seas Robert W. Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for racially


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 racially



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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racially 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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