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.
- to·ken·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tokenism
the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
- tokenistic, adjective
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