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color-blind Syllabification: col·or-blind
(also colorblind)

Definition of color-blind in English:


1Unable to distinguish certain colors, or (rarely in humans) any colors at all. See protanopia.
Example sentences
  • Nocturnal species can discriminate flowers at starlight intensities when humans and honeybees are colour-blind.
  • Bulls are colour-blind, so it is yet another myth that they are enraged by red shades; they react only to the fervent cape-waving.
  • Now you have to understand, my dad not only waited till the last minute to make me a costume, but was also acutely colour-blind, with the worst creative sense I've ever seen.
2Not influenced by racial prejudice: a color-blind society
More example sentences
  • Even as some Americans hold up the ideal of a color-blind society, research reveals that pejorative racial stereotyping and subconscious negative racial bias persist among white Americans.
  • He believes that only ending racial categorizations will lead to a color-blind society where people aren't seen through the lens of race.
  • Connerly believes that if the state stops gathering data on race, ethnicity and ancestry, California will become a more color-blind society.



Example sentences
  • It is clearly critical to screen for colour blindness at entry to professions where coloured signals are used - aviation and navigation, as well as train driving.
  • Accidents or strokes that damage the retina or affect particular areas of the brain can cause colour blindness.
  • The most common form of color blindness is an inherited condition that affects boys much more often than girls.

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