[ toh-kuh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˈtoʊ kəˌnɪz əm /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM tokenismto·ken·is·tic, adjective
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They must have dismissed India as a soft state whose breast-beating is easily calmed by tokenism.
Conservatives may abhor affirmative action, but they adore tokenism.
British Dictionary definitions for tokenism
/ (ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm) /
the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
Derived forms of tokenismtokenistic, adjective
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