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[rey-shuh l] /ˈreɪ ʃəl/
of or relating to the social construct of race: racial diversity;
racial stereotypes.
(no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one race or the races of humankind.
Origin of racial
1860-65; race2 + -ial
Related forms
racially, adverb
antiracial, adjective
nonracial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for racial
  • Modern physical anthropologists also question splitting of peoples into racial zones.
  • Types of bias ethnic or racial bias, including racism, nationalism.
  • racial politics and the elusive quest for excellence and equity in education.
  • Due to racial discrimination, minorities fared very poorly in gaining housing.
  • There was no property qualification, nor does the term appear to be racial.
  • This was not a racial issue, however, but more of a financial issue.
  • racial tension is rare because of constant admixture among the various ethnic groups.
  • Goodman is also responsible for a significant step in racial integration in america.
  • Ethnic or racial racism, nationalism, regionalism and tribalism.
  • As one historian has noted, racial segregation was hardly a new phenomenon.
British Dictionary definitions for racial


denoting or relating to the division of the human species into races on grounds of physical characteristics
characteristic of any such group
relating to or arising from differences between the races: racial harmony
of or relating to a subspecies
Derived Forms
racially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for racial

1862, from race (n.2) + -ial. Related: Racially.

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racial in Medicine

racial ra·cial (rā'shəl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of race or races.

  2. Arising from or based on differences among human racial groups.

ra'cial·ly adv.
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