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

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 How to pronounce racially (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 Across the country, statues have been torn down as part of a mass movement calling attention to racial injustice in the United States. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Protesters in DC topple and burn statue of Confederate general on Juneteenth, Trump calls for arrests," 20 June 2020 The arrest led to Floyd's death, which has sparked global protests against racial injustice and police misconduct. Faith Karimi, CNN, "A second Minneapolis ex-officer charged in George Floyd's death is released from jail," 20 June 2020 Large numbers of demonstrators have gathered in D.C. for weeks to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Protesters in D.C. topple statue of Confederate general," 20 June 2020 His Instagram and Twitter accounts have been filled with thoughts on racial injustice. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Steph Curry and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech writer stress message of love," 19 June 2020 Concerns about the widespread distribution of inaccurate information this year have spread beyond the election to include the response to the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests against racial injustice. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Facebook, Twitter, Google describe efforts to Congress to prevent foreign interference in 2020 election," 19 June 2020 Our workplaces should not be the epicenter of racial injustice. NBC News, "Gender economist Katica Roy: How to create a workplace that truly values black women," 19 June 2020 Kenyan Drake expressed regret for not kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice previously in an interview on the NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Thursday. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Kenyan Drake says he'll kneel with Kyler Murray during national anthem," 19 June 2020 After attending a protest against racial injustice in Chicago earlier this month, Cubs president Theo Epstein initiated a plan for Major League Baseball’s executives to make a statement. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "'We all feel inspired': MLB executives vow to take more action for racial equality," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of racial

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of racial was in 1854

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23 Jun 2020

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“Racial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racial. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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