from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of race or races.
  • adj. Arising from or based on differences among human racial groups: racial conflict; racial discrimination.

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  • adj. Of or relating to a race or a people

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a race or family of men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to race or lineage, or to a race or races of living beings; characteristic of race or of a race.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or characteristic of race or races or arising from differences among groups
  • adj. of or related to genetically distinguished groups of people


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