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noun [U]     /ˈsek.sɪ.zəm/ disapproving
( actions based on) the belief that the members of one sex are less intelligent , able , skilful , etc. than the members of the other sex , especially that women are less able than men: The university has been accused of sexism because it has so few women professors .Human rightsUnfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness
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