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Definition of "segregation" []

  • The act or process of segregating or the condition of being segregated. (noun)
  • The policy or practice of separating people of different races, classes, or ethnic groups, as in schools, housing, and public or commercial facilities, especially as a form of discrimination. (noun)
  • Genetics The separation of paired alleles or homologous chromosomes, especially during meiosis, so that the members of each pair appear in different gametes. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "segregation" in a sentence
  • "Hey Dmansmartman.- if you're going to assume bigotry perhaps you could at the very least learn how to spell the word segregation properly."
  • "Notice that I am not claiming (despite sources such as the one I linked because of its handy presentation of other data) that the problem is "segregation" -- i.e. that poor black kids are done in by going to school with people the same color as them, a tragic distortion of the meaning and significance of the word segregation in our times which I deplore."
  • "This segregation is a sharp contrast to other jurisdictions."