ageism

[ey-jiz-uhm]
noun
1.
discrimination against persons of a certain age group.
2.
a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.

Origin:
1965–70; age + -ism, on the model of sexism, racism, etc.

ageist, adjective, noun
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ageism or agism (ˈeɪdʒɪzəm)
 
n
discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly
 
agism or agism
 
n
 
'ageist or agism
 
adj
 
'agist or agism
 
adj

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ageism
"discrimination against people based on age," coined 1969 by U.S. gerontologist Dr. Robert N. Butler, from age + -ism, on pattern of racism, sexism.
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Creative and positive ways to address stigma, ageism, and preconceived views of aging.
Discusses aspects of age prejudice including: age restrictiveness, age distortion, and ageism.
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