A man getting searched by airport security.
Profiling is the practice of attempting to understand a person or group based on general characteristics or on past behaviors.
An example of profiling is a situation where a person is pulled aside for extra screening at an airport because of their race.
use of a profile (noun) to identify persons, esp., in law enforcement, to identify persons to be investigated, interrogated, etc.
- The use of data compiled about people who have committed criminal offenses in the effort to describe or identify the most likely suspects in a particular crime: criminal profiling; psychological profiling.
- The use of racial, economic, ethnic, or other characteristics by law enforcement as the basis of determining whom to search or investigate on suspicion of criminal activity.
- See DNA profiling.
- See molecular profiling.
- Present participle of profile.