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 Goodell has apologized to Kaepernick, and promised to work with players in their fight for racial equality. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL's gestures in confronting racism are meaningless so long as Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned," 3 July 2020 Cook's march was just one of at least 11 planned in Milwaukee over the weekend, ongoing events that range in size and duration, drawing individuals young and old committed to the fight for racial equality. Genevieve Redsten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's going to pay off': A month into protests against racism and police brutality, Milwaukee residents have no plans to stop marching," 2 July 2020 This isn't the first time Legend has publicly advocated for racial equality. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "John Legend Calls On Realtors to 'Fix the Real Problem' After They Get Rid of the Term 'Master Bedroom'," 2 July 2020 Duffy said recent coverage of George Floyd's death and other events in recent months, have pushed racial equality to the forefront. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Advertisers have Facebook's attention. Now here's what they want," 1 July 2020 In the wake of protests over police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, for which four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged, Adidas, like many other brands, took to social media in support of racial equality. Washington Post, "Adidas HR head resigns as company addresses diversity issues," 1 July 2020 The workshops covered everything from developing the skills needed to compete at the highest level, to current topics such as dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and the rising calls for racial equality and social justice. Michael Dumas, al, "Distinguished Young Women promises another spectacular show," 26 June 2020 Amid nationwide protests demanding racial equality, Wallace urged NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from races, which the league did, earlier this month. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Relieved': Bubba Wallace backs down after insisting 'it's a straight-up noose’," 24 June 2020 The league, during Silver’s tenure as commissioner, has been proud of its progressive positions on racial equality, and has promised to use the platform of the playoffs to promote social-justice initiatives. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Can the N.B.A. Exist in a Bubble?," 24 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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“Racial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racial. Accessed 9 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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