un·​touch·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ˌən-ˌtə-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of untouchability

: the quality or state of being untouchable especially : the state of being an untouchable

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This is a topic for another day, but given the untouchability of Oladipo and the mediocrity of their draft position, the Pacers have just one high-level asset to offer in trade: either Turner or Sabonis. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Indiana Pacers need to win 2018 NBA Draft as they won Oladipo trade," 20 June 2018 The stigma of untouchability – the idea that physical contact with someone of a lower caste can be polluting – for example, is fading. Subramanian Shankar, Houston Chronicle, "Do we have a caste system in Houston and America?," 26 Jan. 2018 Although the practice of untouchability is now outlawed, the Dalits continue to suffer socially, politically, economically and culturally. Cornel West And Suraj Yengde, The Root, "A Shared History of Struggle Should Unite India’s Dalits and African Americans in the Fight for Equality," 12 June 2017

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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