An example of segregation is when African American and Caucasian children were made to attend different schools.
- a segregating or being segregated; specif., the policy or practice of compelling racial groups to live apart from each other, go to separate schools, use separate social facilities, etc.
- Genetics the separation of allelic genes into different gametes during meiosis so that a particular gamete receives only one member of a pair of characters
Origin of segregationLate Latin segregatio
- The act or process of segregating or the condition of being segregated.
- The policy or practice of separating people of different races, classes, or ethnic groups, as in schools, housing, and public or commercial facilities, especially as a form of discrimination.
- Genetics The separation of paired alleles or homologous chromosomes, especially during meiosis, so that the members of each pair appear in different gametes.
- The setting apart or separation of things or people, as a natural process, a manner of organizing people that may be voluntary or enforced by law.
- (biology) The Mendelian Law of Segregation related to genetic transmission or geographical segregation of various species.
- (mineralogy) Separation from a mass, and gathering about centers or into cavities at hand through cohesive or adhesive attraction or the crystallizing process.
- (politics, public policy) The separation of people (geographically, residentially, or in businesses, public transit, etc) into racial or other categories (e.g. religion, sex).
- (sociology) The separation of people (geographically, residentially, or in businesses, public transit, etc) into various categories which occurs due to social forces (culture, etc).
1555. From Latin segregatio.