intersectional

adjective

in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al ˌin-tər-ˈsek-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce intersectional (audio)
1
a
: of or relating to intersectionality
Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated.Kimberlé Crenshaw
b
: involving members of multiple social categories
… I was near my home, in the midst of a multiracial, multigenerational, intersectional protest. I joined hundreds of others in the streets.Kira Banks
2
[inter- + sectional entry 1] : existing between sections
intersectional war
an intersectional game
3
: of or relating to an intersection
intersectional joints/lines

Examples of intersectional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Put plainly: All of the reasons Biden’s poll numbers with Black voters—and their intersectional allies—are softening have come into focus in Atlanta, as Biden arrives for a marquee speech at a major HBCU. Philip Elliott, TIME, 14 May 2024 This day-long conference is for people committed to LGBTQ+ justice who are hoping to learn grassroots organizing skills, build community connections, and get directly engaged in the movement of intersectional social justice. Tyler Renner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 She’s focused on using her advocacy and organizational skills to work on systemic issues that affect disabled people through an intersectional, global lens. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 8 Mar. 2024 Yet within our diverse intersectional community, smaller groups who share more than just a common identity exist. Sophie Morgan, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Feb. 2024 Durling emphasizes that intersectional diversity is his priority when locking in the festival’s schedule, films and honorees, a choice that reinforces the festival’s foundational principles to provide access to, and education about, the arts — for everyone. Zoe Hewitt, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 Learn about the transformative role of organizations like SisterSong, a key group in broadening the conversation around bodily autonomy and intersectional advocacy. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024 Instead of encouraging students to speak with and possibly learn from their professors, students who feel uncomfortable are authorized to inform on them; professors are subject, without due process, to proceedings conducted by faculty who blindly follow DEI and intersectional dogma. Sheldon Rubenfeld, National Review, 13 Jan. 2024 In Jackson’s intersectional credo, art speaks many languages and radiates many shades of meaning. Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of intersectional was in 1752

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“Intersectional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intersectional. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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