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[dee-seg-ri-gey-shuh n, dee-seg-] /ˌdi sɛg rɪˈgeɪ ʃən, diˌsɛg-/
the elimination of laws, customs, or practices under which people from different religions, ancestries, ethnic groups, etc., are restricted to specific or separate public facilities, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, or the like.
Origin of desegregation
1950-55; de- + segregation
Related forms
desegregationist, noun
antidesegregation, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Inside are an antique fire engine and an interesting exhibit about the desegregation of the fire department.
  • You've written about school desegregation, the growth of state lotteries, and the rising price of college.
  • They're threatened by desegregation and the expansion of regional campuses.
  • In the early eighties additional funds were channeled into the school as a result of a desegregation decree.
  • It was hopelessly vague, not crystal-clear-and that was one of the reasons school desegregation took so long.
  • Court justices wrestle with desegregation arguments.
  • They all had one thing in common: they wanted to stop desegregation.
Word Origin and History for desegregation

1935, American English, from de- "do the opposite of" + segregation in the racial sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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