untouchability

[uhn-tuhch-uh-bil-i-tee]
noun Hinduism.
the quality or condition of being an untouchable, ascribed in the Vedic tradition to persons of low caste or to persons excluded from the caste system.

Origin:
1920–25; untouch(able) + -ability

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untouchable (ʌnˈtʌtʃəbəl)
 
adj
1.  lying beyond reach
2.  above reproach, suspicion, or impeachment
3.  unable to be touched
 
n
4.  taboo a former name for Dalit
 
usage  In relation to the caste system, the term untouchable is banned in both the Indian and Pakistani constitutions.
 
untoucha'bility
 
n

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Paralleling the untouchability of teaching tools is the impenetrability of modern junk.
Untouchability has been found prevailing more in rural areas than in urban ones.
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