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affirmative action

noun

Simple Definition of affirmative action

  • : the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, etc.

Full Definition of affirmative action

  1. :  an active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups and women; also :  a similar effort to promote the rights or progress of other disadvantaged persons

1965

First Known Use of affirmative action

1965


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