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profiling

[proh-fahy-ling] /ˈproʊ faɪ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the use of personal characteristics or behavior patterns to make generalizations about a person, as in gender profiling.
2.
the use of these characteristics to determine whether a person may be engaged in illegal activity, as in racial profiling.
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British Dictionary definitions for gender-profiling

profiling

/ˈprəʊˌfaɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of categorizing people and predicting their behaviour according to particular characteristics such as race or age racial profiling
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Word Origin and History for gender-profiling

profiling

n.

by 1852 as a term in field engineering, verbal noun from profile (v.). The racial/ethnic stereotyping sense is attested from c.1991, American English.

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