Profiling meaning

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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.

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Use of a profile to identify persons, esp., in law enforcement, to identify persons to be investigated, interrogated, etc.
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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.

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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.
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(military, historical) In the construction of fieldworks, the erection at proper intervals of wooden profiles, to show to the workmen the sectional form of the parapets at those points.
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Present participle of profile.
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