ra·​cial | \ ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce racial (audio) \

Definition of racial

1 : of, relating to, or based on a race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) a racial minority
2 : existing or occurring between races (see race entry 1 sense 1a) racial equality

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Other Words from racial

racially \ ˈrā-​shə-​lē How to pronounce racial (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for racial



  • nonracial
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Examples of racial in a Sentence

What is your racial identity? There was racial tension on campus.
Recent Examples on the Web Created by the racial justice and equity commission and GreatBlue Research, the survey is available at bit.ly/3vcvXaO. Submissions are anonymous, according to the commission. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 10 June 2021 His work on the film coincided with last year’s mass demonstrations for racial justice, which influenced the film’s tone and framing of events like the 1969 moon landing. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar captures the spirit of those events, the national reckoning on racial justice following the murder of George Floyd, and their impact on one community. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 The Climate and Community Investment Act was devised as an explicit companion to the CLCPA by the coalition of climate, environmental, racial justice, and labor groups that pushed for its passage, New York Renews. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 9 June 2021 Pai’s community organizing work in advancing racial, economic, social and environmental justice led to her nomination. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 Now that the filibuster is an obstacle to passing Joe Biden’s agenda, the long-standing Senate procedure has been deemed a threat to our system of government and to racial justice that only a naïf or cynic can support. Rich Lowry, National Review, 8 June 2021 In a number of states, Republicans have responded to last year's racial justice uprising by cracking down on demonstrators. Michelle Goldberg, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Morales has played a critical role of lifting up a boldly progressive platform and placing issues of racial justice front and center. Marisa Carroll, Curbed, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of racial

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for racial

race entry 1 + -ial

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12 Jun 2021

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“Racial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racial. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for racial



English Language Learners Definition of racial

: relating to or based on race
: existing or happening between people of different races


ra·​cial | \ ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce racial (audio) \

Kids Definition of racial

: of, relating to, or based on race a racial group

Other Words from racial

racially adverb


ra·​cial | \ ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce racial (audio) \

Medical Definition of racial

: of, relating to, or based on a race


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