in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shnəl How to pronounce intersectional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of intersectional

1a : 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 Power’s main interest, however, is not in persuading feminism to be more intersectional in its critique of men. Zoë Heller, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, Baker is the co-founder and director of Wanda: Feminism & Moving Image festival, the first festival of its kind in the north of Ireland, with a focus on archive film, documentary and new cinema with an intersectional approach. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 21 July 2022 Of course, the happy truth about playing for a bowl game over a mythical national championship game enhanced the odds of interesting intersectional matchups ahead of conference play. John Tamny, Forbes, 1 July 2022 But unlike the others, the commission’s report takes an intersectional approach, with separate chapters focused on the conflict’s impact on women, LGBTQ people, and Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. Diana Durán,, 28 June 2022 But unlike the others, the commission’s report takes an intersectional approach, with separate chapters focused on the conflict’s impact on women, LGBTQ people, indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. Diana Durán, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 That said, there's still something special seeing intersectional matchups like Monday night. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2020 My experience of Indigenous communities in the Amazon was meeting people who have very complex and intersectional identities. Alessia Glaviano, Vogue, 29 June 2022 The Buckeye Flame aims to be intersectional and geographically far-reaching in its coverage of LGBTQ Ohioans. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intersectional

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Intersectional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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