Definition of segregation
2a : the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory meansb : the separation for special treatment or observation of individuals or items from a larger group segregation of gifted children into accelerated classes
3 : the separation of allelic genes that occurs typically during meiosis
Examples of segregation in a Sentence
They fought to end the segregation of public schools.
the segregation of men and women
Recent Examples of segregation from the Web
This was nine years after segregation was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in its Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
Hughes’ teams won five state championships: two UIL titles at Dunbar and three titles in the Prairie View Interscholastic League at Terrell during an era of racial segregation.
But the extent of their segregation is less exceptional.
O'Regan's research also shows that the use of federal tax credits for affordable housing is linked to declines in racial segregation in cities.
Many blacks were part of the Great Migration to escape the de jure Jim Crow of the Deep South, only to find de facto segregation in the North.
The first set has to do with a student's family resources, residential segregation and neighborhood factors.
Yet there are deeper societal problems at play as well, including long histories of poverty, joblessness, segregation and neglect in pockets of the South and West sides.
This was at a time when, according to the Alaska Federation of Natives, many Alaska Natives faced poverty and unemployment due to segregation.
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First Known Use of segregation
SEGREGATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of segregation for English Language Learners
: the practice or policy of keeping people of different races, religions, etc., separate from each other
SEGREGATION Defined for Kids
Definition of segregation for Students
: the practice or policy of separating a race, class, or group from the rest of society
Medical Definition of segregation
: the separation of allelic genes that occurs typically during meiosis
Legal Definition of segregation
1 : separation of individuals or groups and especially racial groups — compare desegregation de facto segregation : segregation of racial groups that arises as a result of economic, social, or other factors rather than by operation or enforcement of laws or other official state action de jure segregation : segregation intended or mandated by law or otherwise intentionally arising from state action Editor's note: De jure segregation is illegal.
2 : separate confinement of prisoners within a penal institution
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