Definition of profiling
: 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>
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PROFILING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of profiling for English Language Learners
: 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.
Legal Definition of profiling
: the practice of singling out persons for law enforcement procedures on the basis of predetermined characteristics; specifically : the discriminatory practice of profiling based on race or ethnicity <racial profiling>
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