racial

adjective
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

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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The church, which avoids denominational, cultural, economic, or racial distinctions, according to the website, held its first service at Magnolia in March. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Surprise Guests During First Church Services at Magnolia Market," 5 Mar. 2019 The film makes the point, subtly but unmistakably, that the NBA has racial and labor exploitation at its core, that a white class of plutocrats has found a way to own the talents of a workforce of largely black men. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Why Netflix's High Flying Bird Feels Like The Future of Movies," 8 Feb. 2019 To Kill a Mockingbird is a great classic, a wonderful read—and a book that means a lot to a great number of people in the current political climate, owing to its themes of racial and social justice. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Her Two Rules for Writing a Good Sex Scene," 24 Oct. 2018 One of these imposes restrictions on studying a range of subjects, including political beliefs and racial and religious topics. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How WhatsApp is undermining Facebook’s war on election interference," 19 Oct. 2018 And historically, in those kinds of conditions, that's ripe for opportunists who try to exploit America's history and division, racial, ethnic, religious. Fox News, "Woman who knew Kavanaugh in high school speaks out," 14 Sep. 2018 An orphan who studied history at Dartmouth and then came back to Monmouth to waste his nights bartending, Link is torn between two responses to racial oppression. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Black and White, in Wind and Fog," 22 Feb. 2019 While some see a snappy, feel-good buddy movie, others see an outdated and inauthentic set-up that trades on racial stereotypes. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 In my research, black conservatives who directly spoke to issues of racial inequality and black uplift felt marginalized within the GOP. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Diamond and Silk, Fox & Friends’ favorite black Trump supporters, explained," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of racial

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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

racial

adjective
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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