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profiling

noun

Simple Definition of profiling

  • : the act or process of learning information about someone based on what is already known

  • : the act or practice of regarding particular people as more likely to commit crimes because of their appearance, race, etc.

Full Definition of profiling

  1. :  the act or process of extrapolating information about a person based on known traits or tendencies <consumer profiling>; specifically :  the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behavior <racial profiling>

1980

First Known Use of profiling

1980


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