[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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for racially

Contemporary Examples of racially

Historical Examples of racially

  • Neither was their personality stamped in any way, professionally, socially or racially.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • We are what we are by reason of what we have already been, as well individually as racially.

    Second Sight


  • Racially of course they are different from us as they are different from each other.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • The Bulgar wanted the Macedonian to be one with him nationally, as he is racially.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner

  • It will also be brought into essential harmony politically and racially.

    The United Seas

    Robert W. Rogers

British Dictionary definitions for racially



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
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

Word Origin and History for racially



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

racially 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.