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hypodescent

[ hahy poh-di-sent ]
/ ˌhaɪ poʊ dɪˈsɛnt /
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noun
the classifying or identifying of a biracial or multiracial individual as a member of the lower or lowest socially ranking racial group from which that person has ancestry.
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Origin of hypodescent

First recorded in hypo- + descent
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