[ proh-fahy-ling ]
/ ˈproʊ faɪ lɪŋ /
the use of personal characteristics or behavior patterns to make generalizations about a person, as in gender profiling.
the use of these characteristics to determine whether a person may be engaged in illegal activity, as in racial profiling.
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- profile component,
- profile drag,
- profit and loss,
- profit and loss account,
- profit center
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government activity directed at a suspect or group of suspects based solely on race
/ (ˈprəʊˌfaɪlɪŋ) /
the practice of categorizing people and predicting their behaviour according to particular characteristics such as race or ageracial profiling
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by 1852 as a term in field engineering, verbal noun from profile (v.). The racial/ethnic stereotyping sense is attested from c.1991, American English.
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