[ rey-shuh l ]
/ ˈreɪ ʃəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. rachitic rosary,
  2. rachitis,
  3. rachitogenic,
  4. rachmaninoff,
  5. rachmanism,
  6. racial memory,
  7. racial profiling,
  8. racial unconscious,
  9. racialism,
  10. racialist

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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British Dictionary definitions for racially


/ (ˈreɪʃəl) /


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 racially



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

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Medicine definitions for racially


[ rāshəl ]


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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