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political correctness

Definitions

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  • n. Avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.
  • n. The result or product of being politically correct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against

Etymologies

From politically correct +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And isn’t this what’s really behind the absurd, bending-over-backward political correctness we see in America and Europe today with regard to Islam?

    HOW EVIL WORKS

  • Girls in jeans to fetch and carry our tapes and transcriptions and, contrary to the known rules of political correctness in the workplace, our cups of tea as well, while one minute I'm listening to a top-ranking Acholi-speaking member of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda plotting by satellite phone to set up a base across the border in East Congo, and the next sweating it out in Dares-Salaam docks with the clatter of shipping in the background, and the cries of hawkers, and the in-out hum of a wonky table-fan that's keeping away the flies, as a murderous bunch of Islamist sympathisers conspire to import an arsenal of antiaircraft missiles in the guise of heavy machinery?

    the mission song

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