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racial

[ rey-shuh l ]
/ ˈreɪ ʃəl /
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adjective

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.

RELATED WORDS

multicultural, open, interracial, multiracial, nonsectarian

Nearby words

rachitic rosary, rachitis, rachitogenic, rachmaninoff, rachmanism, racial, racial memory, racial profiling, racial unconscious, racialism, racialist

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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Examples from the Web for nonracial

  • “Our policy to achieve a nonracial state by nonviolence had achieved nothing,” he concluded.

    Anger at the Heart of Nelson Mandela’s Violent Struggle|Christopher Dickey|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for nonracial (1 of 2)

nonracial

/ (nɒnˈreɪʃəl) /

adjective

not related to racial factors or discrimination

British Dictionary definitions for nonracial (2 of 2)

racial

/ (ˈreɪʃəl) /

adjective

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 racesracial harmony
of or relating to a subspecies
Derived Formsracially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonracial

racial


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nonracial

racial

[ rāshəl ]

adj.

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