separate but equal

noun
sep·​a·​rate but equal | \ ˈse-prət-, -pə-rət- \

Legal Definition of separate but equal

: the doctrine set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court that sanctioned the segregation of individuals by race in separate but equal facilities but that was invalidated as unconstitutional — see also Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and Plessy v. Ferguson

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“Separate but equal.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/separate%20but%20equal. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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