Segregation is the act of separating, especially when applied to separating people by race.
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.