Meaning of tokenism

to•ken•ism

Pronunciation: (tō'ku-niz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the practice or policy of making no more than a token effort or gesture, as in offering opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
  2. any legislation, admissions policy, hiring practice, etc., that demonstrates only minimal compliance with rules, laws, or public pressure: Admitting one woman to the men's club was merely tokenism.
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