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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 racial profiling

racial profiling

noun
1.
government activity directed at a suspect or group of suspects based solely on race

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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Contemporary definitions for racial profiling
noun

the consideration of race when developing a profile of suspected criminals; by extension, a form of racism involving police focus on people of certain racial groups when seeking suspected criminals

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