racial

adjective
ra·cial | \ ˈrā-shəl \

Definition of racial 

1 : of, relating to, or based on a race a racial minority

2 : existing or occurring between races racial equality

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Other words from racial

racially \ˈrā-shə-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for racial

Synonyms

ethnic, ethnical, tribal

Antonyms

nonracial

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Examples of racial in a Sentence

What is your racial identity? There was racial tension on campus.

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Kennedy’s replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Kennedy’s replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Stomping the pavement in protest of racial injustice is where Green has felt the most comfortable. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Chicago Activist Rides Progressive Wave in Mayor's Race," 5 July 2018 In response, some formulated a muddled theory of racial discrimination specific only to black men and not women. The Economist, "The wage gap between white and black men is growing wider," 5 July 2018 His death, ruled a homicide, prompted weeks of protests, violent riots, and a national reckoning over police conduct and racial injustice. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Installation at the Gardner honors the ‘unfinished business’ of Freddie Gray," 28 June 2018 This caused Lyles to report racial discrimination to human resources. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Former Mizzou assistant track and field coach sues for racial discrimination," 28 June 2018 The last event will educate and recognize the history of the French Revolution while comparing past injustices to those that exist today — in Philadelphia public schools, racial injustices, and border-wall debates, among others. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "The 5 best things to do in Philadelphia this July," 27 June 2018 That’s not a problem with racial discrimination in redistricting. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Continues to Chip Away at Protections for Minority Voters," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of racial

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for racial

racial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of racial

: relating to or based on race

: existing or happening between people of different races

racial

adjective
ra·cial | \ ˈrā-shəl \

Kids Definition of racial

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

Other words from racial

racially adverb

racial

adjective
ra·cial | \ ˈrā-shəl \

Medical Definition of racial 

: of, relating to, or based on a race

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