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1. The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration.
2. The practice of hiring or appointing a token number of people from underrepresented groups in order to deflect criticism or comply with affirmative action rules: "Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse" (Mary Daly).
the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
to•ken•ism(ˈtoʊ kəˌnɪz əm)
the practice or policy of making no more than a minimal effort to offer opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
formal or superficial compliance with a law, requirement, convention, etc., especially in the hiring of members of a minority group.See also: Attitudes
formal or superficial compliance with a law, requirement, convention, etc.See also: Behavior