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segregation

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noun seg·re·ga·tion \ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən\

Simple Definition of segregation

  • : the practice or policy of keeping people of different races, religions, etc., separate from each other

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of segregation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of segregating :  the state of being segregated

  2. 2a :  the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory meansb :  the separation for special treatment or observation of individuals or items from a larger group <segregation of gifted children into accelerated classes>

  3. 3 :  the separation of allelic genes that occurs typically during meiosis

Examples of segregation in a sentence

  1. They fought to end the segregation of public schools.

  2. the segregation of men and women



1555

First Known Use of segregation

1555


SEGREGATION Defined for Kids

segregation

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noun seg·re·ga·tion \ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of segregation for Students

  1. :  the practice or policy of separating a race, class, or group from the rest of society




Medical Dictionary

segregation

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noun seg·re·ga·tion \ˌseg-ri-ˈgā-shən\

Medical Definition of segregation

  1. :  the separation of allelic genes that occurs typically during meiosis




Law Dictionary

segregation

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noun seg·re·ga·tion \ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən\

Legal Definition of segregation

  1. 1 :  separation of individuals or groups and especially racial groups — compare desegregation de facto segregation :  segregation of racial groups that arises as a result of economic, social, or other factors rather than by operation or enforcement of laws or other official state action de jure segregation :  segregation intended or mandated by law or otherwise intentionally arising from state action Editor's note: De jure segregation is illegal.

  2. 2 :  separate confinement of prisoners within a penal institution





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