tokenism

noun to·ken·ism \ ˈtō-kə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of tokenism

: the policy or practice of making only a symbolic effort (as to desegregate)

Examples of tokenism in a Sentence

  1. Did the company choose her for her merits, or merely as an act of tokenism?

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First Known Use of tokenism

1960


TOKENISM Defined for English Language Learners

tokenism

noun

Definition of tokenism for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of doing something (such as hiring a person who belongs to a minority group) only to prevent criticism and give the appearance that people are being treated fairly


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