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A stereotype is an idea or belief many people have about a thing or group that is based upon how they look on the outside, which may be untrue or only partly true. Stereotyping people is a type of prejudice because what is on the outside is a small part of who a person is. Stereotypes might be used as reasons to discriminate against another person, or sometimes for a humorous effect in many television programmes.
- "Word Central Student Dictionary: Definition of Stereotype". Mirriam-Webster. http://www.wordcentral.com/cgi-bin/student?book=Student&va=stereotype. Retrieved 01/14/2013.