[rey-shuh l]
  1. of or relating to the social construct of race: racial diversity; racial stereotypes.
  2. (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 formsra·cial·ly, adverban·ti·ra·cial, adjectivenon·ra·cial, adjective
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  1. denoting or relating to the division of the human species into races on grounds of physical characteristics
  2. characteristic of any such group
  3. relating to or arising from differences between the racesracial harmony
  4. of or relating to a subspecies
Derived Formsracially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anti-racial



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

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anti-racial in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of race or races.
  2. Arising from or based on differences among human racial groups.
Related formsracial•ly adv.
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