- the practice or policy of making no more than a token effort or gesture, as in offering opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
- any legislation, admissions policy, hiring practice, etc., that demonstrates only minimal compliance with rules, laws, or public pressure: Admitting one woman to the men's club was merely tokenism.
Origin of tokenism
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Examples from the Web for tokenism
They must have dismissed India as a soft state whose breast-beating is easily calmed by tokenism.Mumbai's Dangerous Amnesia
November 25, 2009
- the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
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Word Origin and History for tokenism
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