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1. The use of data compiled about people who have committed criminal offenses in the effort to describe or identify the most likely suspects in a particular crime: criminal profiling; psychological profiling.
2. The use of racial, economic, ethnic, or other characteristics by law enforcement as the basis of determining whom to search or investigate on suspicion of criminal activity.
3. See DNA profiling.
4. See molecular profiling.
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the practice of categorizing people and predicting their behaviour according to particular characteristics such as race or age: racial profiling.
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pro•fil•ing(ˈproʊ faɪ lɪŋ)
the use of specific characteristics, as race or age, to make generalizations about a person, as whether he or she may be engaged in illegal activity.
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|Noun||1.||profiling - recording a person's behavior and analyzing psychological characteristics in order to predict or assess their ability in a certain sphere or to identify a particular group of people|
identification - evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing
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