Segregation is a system that keeps different groups separate from each other, either through physical dividers or using social pressures and laws.

The Latin root literally means “separated from the flock,” and splitting a big flock of sheep into smaller groups is segregation. For many decades in the United States, “separate but equal” was the phrase used to describe the unjust racial segregation of black people and white people. There are harmless types of segregation as well, like “the segregation of dog food and human food in your cupboards.”

Definitions of segregation
  1. noun

    the act of segregating or sequestering

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    desegregation, integrating, integration

    the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
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    the social act of separating or parting company

  2. noun

    a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups

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    racial segregation

    segregation by race
    de facto segregation

    segregation (especially in schools) that happens in fact although not required by law
    de jure segregation

    segregation that is imposed by law
    purdah, sex segregation

    the traditional Hindu or Muslim system of keeping women secluded
    white separatism

    a social system in which white people live separately from members of other races
    petty apartheid

    racial segregation enforced primarily in public transportation and hotels and restaurants and other public places
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    social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure

    the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships

  3. noun

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

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    biological process, organic process

    a process occurring in living organisms

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