[ dee-seg-ri-gey-shuhn, dee-seg- ]
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  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.

Origin of desegregation

First recorded in 1950–55; de- + segregation

Other words from desegregation

  • de·seg·re·ga·tion·ist, noun
  • an·ti·de·seg·re·ga·tion, adjective

Words Nearby desegregation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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