Definition of segregation in US English:



  • 1The action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things or being set apart.

    ‘the segregation of pupils with learning difficulties’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both are oil towns with amazingly strict class segregation.’
    • ‘Like so many institutionalized evils, segregation ultimately depended on public accommodation.’
    • ‘Horizontal segregation exists when women and men work in different types of occupation.’
    • ‘It is also a city of exploitation and segregation and fear.’
    • ‘We all grew - as students and people - with the experience of integration after years of segregation.’
    • ‘Strict gender segregation is sanctioned by the state and society.’
    • ‘In the first round segregation came about at the level of the locality itself, as people moved to blocks inhabited by members of the same community or faith.’
    • ‘This kind of segregation may be self-imposed - but it is also the result of decades and centuries of injustice.’
    • ‘I couldn't speak to housing patterns and other forms of segregation.’
    • ‘Occupational segregation occurs from a very early age.’
    separation, setting apart, keeping apart, sorting out
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    1. 1.1 The enforced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment.
      ‘an official policy of racial segregation’
      • ‘The segregation of communities was imposed through racist housing practices by local authorities and estate agents.’
      • ‘As those who could afford to left, racial segregation in the area worsened.’
      • ‘Blacks could escape the stigma of racial segregation enforced on southern railroads and buses.’
      • ‘The general trend shows areas with higher racial residential segregation linked to less diverse religious communities.’
      • ‘All except the most rabid racists considered racial segregation immoral and indefensible.’
      • ‘By the mid-1950s it seemed segregation in the South would last for decades.’
      • ‘The Old America had been one of black and white forcibly kept apart by segregation, economics, and prejudice.’
      • ‘In many large suburban districts, rapid racial change and spreading segregation are occurring.’
      • ‘The Roberts case led to the first law abolishing racial segregation in the nation.’
      • ‘British administration of the territory was characterized by racial segregation.’
      • ‘The Harvard study also identifies the importance of the relationship between racial segregation and poverty.’
      • ‘Perhaps most striking is King's seething anger over the indignities of segregation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The US movement did not have a very impressive record of reaching out to African Americans or openly challenging racial discrimination and segregation.’
      • ‘The rightness of this famous decision invalidating racial segregation in public schools is no longer open to debate.’
      • ‘Apartheid enforced the oppressive dominance of a white European elite through segregation along purely racial lines.’
      • ‘In other words, he favored continuing discrimination and racial segregation.’
      • ‘After the war the southern establishment propped up segregation.’
      • ‘Without progressive leadership, would segregation have been outlawed?’
    2. 1.2Genetics The separation of pairs of alleles at meiosis and their independent transmission via separate gametes.
      • ‘Conversion results in non-Mendelian segregation of alleles in the germ cell where it occurs.’
      • ‘No regions of the genome exhibited nonrandom segregation of any markers in the unaffected females tested.’
      • ‘High fidelity of meiotic chromosome segregation is essential for the propagation of all sexually reproducing organisms.’
      • ‘For analysis of interference and map distances, all tetrads showing non-Mendelian segregation of any markers were excluded from analysis.’
      • ‘Meiotic chromosome segregation is initiated when tension signals the bipolar attachment of microtubules to each homolog pair.’