Definition of segregation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɛɡrɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The action or state of setting someone or something apart from others: the segregation of pupils with learning difficulties
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  • Both are oil towns with amazingly strict class segregation.
  • Several spoke about the need for more and better publicised youth facilities, an end to segregation in schools, and the problem of drug dealers in their communities.
  • It is also a city of exploitation and segregation and fear.
separation, setting apart, keeping apart, sorting out;
isolation, quarantine, insulation, exclusion, closeting, protection, shielding, partitioning;
division, detachment, disconnection, dissociation;
sequestration, partition
in South Africa , historical apartheid
1.1The enforced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment: an official policy of racial segregation
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  • This meant that states - especially in the South - would no longer be able to justify laws which enforced segregation along racial lines.
  • The commonly held meaning of apartheid is a regime of government that enshrines racial segregation in law.
  • Apartheid enforced the oppressive dominance of a white European elite through segregation along purely racial lines.
2 Genetics The separation of pairs of alleles at meiosis and their independent transmission via separate gametes.
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  • High fidelity of meiotic chromosome segregation is essential for the propagation of all sexually reproducing organisms.
  • Meiotic chromosome segregation is initiated when tension signals the bipolar attachment of microtubules to each homolog pair.
  • No regions of the genome exhibited nonrandom segregation of any markers in the unaffected females tested.



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  • However, although Mendelian inheritance may be incorporated into a game theoretic approach, standard matrix game models are defined solely in terms of phenotypes and ignore the segregational effects of Mendelian inheritance.
  • Under this new practice of segregational nationalism African American students and faculty will find themselves merged into the great American melting pot and ultimately not represented at all.
  • Continued practices of duplicating programs when geography and demand dictate otherwise clearly points to a segregational vestige.


Pronunciation: /ˌsɛɡrɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)nɪst/
adjective& noun (in the racial sense)
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  • During his childhood the city of Austin's racial segregationist policies were being codified and enforced, assuring that East Austin would be comprised exclusively of ethnic minorities.
  • The senses were critical to helping segregationists shore up what was supposedly stable but was always in danger of unraveling.
  • Relations between blacks and Republicans began spiraling downward during the 1964 presidential campaign when Barry Goldwater openly courted white segregationists.
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