[rey-shuh l]


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.

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 racial

Contemporary Examples of racial

Historical Examples of racial

  • The exception rather than the rule, there is no reason why he should not be the racial type.

  • Yet in their racial and national relationships they are indubitably American.

  • All racial lines in literature are extremely difficult to draw.

  • She it is who has to play the chief part in the racial life.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • We have inherited marriage as a social, nay more, a racial institution.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for racial



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 racial

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

racial in Medicine




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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