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tokenism

[toh-kuh-niz-uh m] /ˈtoʊ kəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
the practice or policy of making no more than a token effort or gesture, as in offering opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
2.
any legislation, admissions policy, hiring practice, etc., that demonstrates only minimal compliance with rules, laws, or public pressure:
Admitting one woman to the men's club was merely tokenism.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; token + -ism
Related forms
tokenistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tokenism

tokenism

/ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
Derived Forms
tokenistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tokenism
n.

1962, from token (adj.) in the integration sense + -ism.

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