politically correct


Definition of politically correct

: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated

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political correctness noun

Examples of politically correct in a Sentence

He later realized that his response was not politically correct.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, don’t believe for a minute that people will buy sustainable and politically correct products in lieu of ones that are priced for affordability. Matt Rubel, WSJ, "For the Retail Industry, 2020 Was a Wild Ride," 15 Dec. 2020 Between the honorary degrees given to billionaires, the falsely intelligent, entertainers and the politically correct, just about all honor has been drained from honorary doctorates. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.," 11 Dec. 2020 Since the first draft of the model curriculum was published in 2019, it has been assailed as being anti-capitalist, biased in favor of or against certain groups, and full of politically correct and obscure jargon. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "California is still debating ethnic studies in public education. Can the state finally get it right?," 23 Nov. 2020 Kenan Thompson is Uncle Ben, being shamed by a fleet of politically correct ad executives: Alec Baldwin, Heidi Gardner, and Mikey Day. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Dave Chappelle hosts post-election episode," 8 Nov. 2020 In it, Bezucha shrewdly assessed his Amherst background through the casual prejudices of a select, politically correct lineage. Armond White, National Review, "Let Him Go: A Morally Superior Neo-Western," 6 Nov. 2020 Berhalter, hired after a yearlong search, was viewed as a politically correct choice who would protect MLS’ interests for the federation. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: U.S. men’s national soccer team gets European infusion — finally," 3 Nov. 2020 In one spell, the witches make a sexist bully suddenly very politically correct and vulnerable, apologizing for his power to shame. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: With high sorcery, 'The Craft: Legacy' casts a spell," 27 Oct. 2020 Maybe that was the politically correct response needed from a team leader who will be in the locker room and in the trenches with the unit. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Derek Carr touts Raiders' offensive line after quarantine disrupts practice work," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of politically correct

1934, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2021

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“Politically correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politically%20correct. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of politically correct

sometimes disapproving : agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people

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