What does segregation mean?

Definitions for segregationˌsɛg rɪˈgeɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. segregation(noun)

    (genetics) the separation of paired alleles during meiosis so that members of each pair of alleles appear in different gametes

  2. segregation, separatism(noun)

    a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups

  3. segregation, sequestration(noun)

    the act of segregating or sequestering

    "sequestration of the jury"


  1. segregation(Noun)

    The setting apart or separation of things or people, as a natural process, a manner of organizing people the may be voluntary or enforced by law.

  2. segregation(Noun)

    The Mendelian Law of Segregation related to genetic transmission or geographical segregation of various species.

  3. segregation(Noun)

    Separation from a mass, and gathering about centers or into cavities at hand through cohesive or adhesive attraction or the crystallizing process.

  4. segregation(Noun)

    Passing of laws to separate people geographically, residentially, racially, religiously or by sex. Racial segregation in the United States and South Africa being well known examples. Also, the term is used in various policies that "segregate" things like financial instruments and transportation routes and trails.

  5. segregation(Noun)

    People separating geographically, residentially, racially, religiously or by sex based on happenstance, voluntary choice or cultural attitudes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Segregation(noun)

    the act of segregating, or the state of being segregated; separation from others; a parting

  2. Segregation(noun)

    separation from a mass, and gathering about centers or into cavities at hand through cohesive attraction or the crystallizing process

  3. Origin: [L. segregatio: cf. F. sgrgation.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. segregation

    In detainee operations, the removal of a detainee from other detainees and their environment for legitimate purposes unrelated to interrogation, such as when necessary for the movement, health, safety, and/or security of the detainee, the detention facility, or its personnel.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of segregation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of segregation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.

  2. Joseph McGill:

    That could just spread the perception that segregation did not exist or wasn't that bad.

  3. Eric Williams:

    Segregation was the accepted social order of that time, if we alter the monument, we alter its historical integrity.

  4. Hassan Shibly:

    We just can’t let segregation rear its ugly head in Florida again. This is part of Islamophobia that we need to challenge.

  5. Ehren Foley:

    In addition to erasing the legacy of segregation and forgetting that story, you also forget the black men who fought and died in that war.

Images & Illustrations of segregation

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Translations for segregation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • изолиране, отделяне, разделянеBulgarian
  • segregacióCatalan, Valencian
  • Rassentrennung, Geschlechtertrennung, TrennungGerman
  • segregaciónSpanish
  • eraldamineEstonian
  • ségrégation, séparationFrench
  • dealachadhScottish Gaelic
  • whakatāuketanga, tāuketangaMāori
  • сегрегация, разделение, отделениеRussian
  • cinsiyet ayrımcılığı, ayırma, kadın erkek ayrımcılığı, ayrımcılık, ırk ayrımıTurkish

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