affirmative action

noun
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of affirmative action

: an active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups and women
  • sought to achieve a multicultural staff through affirmative action
; also : a similar effort to promote the rights or progress of other disadvantaged persons

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First Known Use of affirmative action

1961


AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Defined for English Language Learners

affirmative action

noun

Definition of affirmative action for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


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affirmative action

noun

legal Definition of affirmative action

: an active effort (as through legislation) to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups or women

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