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Definition of Bakke decision noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Bakke decision

NAmE//ˈbæki dɪˌsɪʒn//
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an important decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978. A white man called Allan Bakke claimed that he had been illegally refused a place to study at medical school because black students with worse grades were accepted. The Court decided that he should have been accepted, but that it is not wrong to consider a person's race when deciding whether to accept them. see also affirmative action
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