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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.
Contemporary Examples

He has every right to jump on the Trayvon Martin tragedy as a classic case of racial injustice.
Al Sharpton’s Conflicting Roles in the Trayvon Martin Case Howard Kurtz March 25, 2012

There are black journalists who are promoted too quickly for racial reasons; some survive and others sink.
Carole Simpson’s Network Battle Scars Howard Kurtz January 4, 2011

Real-world profilers have to be careful, and are, not to indulge in facile ethnic, racial or religious “profiling.”
Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi Jamie Dettmer September 20, 2014

Enacted in 1965, it was designed to end, once and for all, the long, ugly history of racial discrimination in voting in America.
Supreme Court Likely to Strike Down the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5 Adam Winkler February 26, 2013

Yet the idea that racial preferences must continue until there is no racism in America is more fragile than typically supposed.
The Supreme Court Steps Back From Tokenism Under a New Name John McWhorter June 23, 2013

Historical Examples

A knowledge of the interpretation of racial symbolism is doubtless of value in the case of the individual.
The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races Sanger Brown, II

The exception rather than the rule, there is no reason why he should not be the racial type.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

In each of these a certain god or group of gods held sway, the variation being caused by racial and other considerations.
Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt Lewis Spence

We have inherited marriage as a social, nay more, a racial institution.
The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley

There are, however, many other factors to be taken into account, which have to do with racial habits and race traits.
Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith

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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