redlining

or red-lin·ing

[ red-lahy-ning ]
/ ˈrɛdˌlaɪ nɪŋ /

noun

a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance companies, etc., refuse or limit loans, mortgages, insurance, etc., within specific geographic areas, especially inner-city neighborhoods.

Origin of redlining

redline + -ing1, as if banks, insurance companies, etc., had outlined such areas in red on a map

Definition for redlining (2 of 2)

redline

or red-line

[ verb red-lahyn; noun red-lahyn ]
/ verb ˈrɛdˌlaɪn; noun ˈrɛdˈlaɪn /

verb (used with object), red·lined, red·lin·ing.

verb (used without object), red·lined, red·lin·ing.

to engage in redlining.

noun

Automotive.
  1. the maximum rotational speed, or angular velocity, of the engine crankshaft that is considered safe: often measured in rpm.
  2. a red line or boundary of a red area that delineates such a value, as on a tachometer.

Origin of redline

First recorded in 1940–45; red1 + line1

Related forms

red·lin·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for redlining

redline

/ (ˈrɛdˌlaɪn) /

verb (tr)

(esp of a bank or group of banks) to refuse a loan to (a person or country) because of the presumed risks involved
to restrict people's access to goods or services on the basis of the area in which they live
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