tokenism

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to·ken·ism

 (tō′kə-nĭz′əm)
n.
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).
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tokenism

(ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm)
n
the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
ˌtokenˈistic adj
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to•ken•ism

(ˈtoʊ kəˌnɪz əm)

n.
the practice or policy of making no more than a minimal effort to offer opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
[1960–65]
to`ken•is′tic, adj.
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tokenism

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
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Translations

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkənɪzəm] Nprograma m político de fachada
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tokenism

[ˈtəʊkənɪzəm] n
it's just tokenism → c'est une politique de pure forme
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tokenism

[ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm] nconcessione f pro forma inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Irina in Murmuring Judges, a black barrister training with me as an assistant, is a token character because there aren't many a) women and b) black people in the legal profession.
'Uprising' features wall-to-wall battles, characters unleashing exposition to propel the plot forward and token character development.
He said: "Alex was a bit of a token character at first, who was ever so slightly comedic.