Definition of tokenism in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊk(ə)nɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • The practice of making only a perfunctory or symbolic effort to do a particular thing, especially by recruiting a small number of people from under-represented groups in order to give the appearance of sexual or racial equality within a workforce: the use of gay supporting characters is mere tokenism
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    • Simply electing a few women to assume key political positions is mere tokenism, and should fool no one.
    • As quota critics have long maintained, heavy-handed quota schemes don't promote true racial diversity, only politically correct tokenism.
    • I am inclined to think that such moves are mere tokenism.



Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk/
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  • The result was largely tokenistic, with few of the female members feeling welcome there.
  • Despite a revived interest in Scottish identity in recent years, the teaching of Scottish history is patchy and tokenistic with glaring gaps spanning hundreds of years.
  • Maybe her new job will be the making of her; on the evidence we have so far, however, it is difficult to see her appointment as anything but entirely tokenistic.

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