of or relating to the social construct of : racial diversity;
racial stereotypes.
(no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one or the races of humankind.
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

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

racial ra·cial (rā’shəl)

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

Arising from or based on differences among human racial groups.

ra’cial·ly adv.


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