desegregation

[ dee-seg-ri-gey-shuh n, dee-seg- ]
/ ˌdi sɛg rɪˈgeɪ ʃən, diˌsɛg- /

noun

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

Related forms

de·seg·re·ga·tion·ist, nounan·ti·de·seg·re·ga·tion, adjective
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