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  1. ageistnoun

    A person who behaves in an ageist manner.

    He didn't like to think of himself as an ageist, but he had to admit that he hadn't considered the needs of some of the more elderly participants.

  2. ageistadjective

    Unfairly discriminatory against someone based on their age.

    Upon hearing that his employer would soon require yearly physical examinations and vision screening, my father exclaimed that the policy was ageist.


  1. ageist

    Ageism, also spelled agism, is discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler to describe discrimination against seniors, and patterned on sexism and racism. Butler defined "ageism" as a combination of three connected elements. Originally it was identified chiefly towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices against older people; and institutional practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about elderly people.The term "ageism" has also been used to describe the oppression of younger people by older people, for example in a 1976 pamphlet published by Youth Liberation of Ann Arbor, MI. In the UK, Councillor Richard Thomas at a meeting of Bracknell Forest Council (March 1983), pointed out that age discrimination works against younger as well as older people. It has much later (February 2021) been used in regards to prejudice and discrimination against especially adolescents and children, such as denying them certain rights and privileges usually reserved for adults such as the right to vote, run for political office, or refuse medical treatment, sign contracts, and so forth. This can also include ignoring their ideas and contributions because they are considered "too young", or assuming that they should behave in certain ways because of their younger age. Ageism against the young also includes penalties, burdens, or requirements imposed exclusively or to a greater degree on young people than on older people, such as age-based military conscription. In a youth-oriented society, however, older people bear the brunt of age bias and discrimination. Older people themselves can be deeply ageist, having internalized a lifetime of negative stereotypes about aging. Ageism is often attributed to fears of death and disability, with avoiding, segregating, and rejecting older people serving as coping mechanisms that allow people to avoid thinking about their own mortality. Stigma and discrimination around the loss of physical or mental capacity is actually ableism, not ageism, and aging is lifelong. Like other forms of bias, ageism is not based in biology but socially constructed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ageist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ageist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    In fact, it's taking us all a little bit longer to grow up. Culturally outmoded and ageist ideas are no longer valid or represent the mid-lifers of today.

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