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racial

[ rey-shuhl ]
/ 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.

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Origin of racial

First recorded in 1860–65; race2 + -ial
ra·cial·ly, adverban·ti·ra·cial, adjectivenon·ra·cial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for racial

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
racially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for racial

racial
[ rāshəl ]

adj.

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