segregation

noun seg·re·ga·tion \ ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of segregation

1 :the act or process of segregating :the state of being segregated
2 a :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 means
b :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

  1. They fought to end the segregation of public schools.

  2. the segregation of men and women

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First Known Use of segregation

1555


SEGREGATION Defined for English Language Learners

segregation

noun

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

segregation

noun seg·re·ga·tion \ ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of segregation for Students

:the practice or policy of separating a race, class, or group from the rest of society

Medical Dictionary

segregation

noun seg·re·ga·tion \ ˌseg-ri-ˈgā-shən \

medical Definition of segregation

:the separation of allelic genes that occurs typically during meiosis

Law Dictionary

segregation

noun seg·re·ga·tion \ ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \

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
Note: De jure segregation is illegal.
2 :separate confinement of prisoners within a penal institution


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