profiling

noun

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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First Known Use of profiling

1980


PROFILING Defined for English Language Learners

profiling

noun

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.


Law Dictionary

profiling

noun pro·fil·ing

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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