[ rey-shuhl ]
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  1. of or relating to the social construct of race: racial diversity;racial stereotypes.

  2. (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

Other words from racial

  • ra·cial·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·ra·cial, adjective
  • non·ra·cial, adjective

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How to use racial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for racial


/ (ˈreɪʃəl) /

  1. denoting or relating to the division of the human species into races on grounds of physical characteristics

  2. characteristic of any such group

  1. relating to or arising from differences between the races: racial harmony

  2. of or relating to a subspecies

Derived forms of racial

  • racially, adverb

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