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.

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Not out of a need to be politically correct but in an attempt to hire the right person, and not just the right man for the job. Los Angeles Times, "Column: It’s long past time for a woman to be an NBA head coach," 1 Sep. 2019 Would women in their position be content with muttering a few politically correct assertions? Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Must Pull Out of Georgia," 7 June 2019 It’s not imposed by some politically correct mandate. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Joe Pequeno can like whatever tweets he wants. And he can get fired for it," 6 June 2019 Instead, the school board chose the easy route and sided with the popular politically correct position. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: My allegiance is to the people," 11 July 2019 Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct. . Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Trump’s love-hate relationship with Fox News just turned to hate again. What’s that about?," 8 July 2019 Not all Millennials are politically correct snowflakes; not all activists are social-justice warriors. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 Jay and Cam’s less than politically correct coaching style earns them a class on sensitivity; Mitch runs into Phil’s nemesis at an unlikely place. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "TV Picks for Wednesday: ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ on KING," 28 Nov. 2018 Edelman’s perspective is decidedly pro-millennial, a generation that has been derided for killing comedy with its overly politically correct disposition. Nick A. Zaino Iii, BostonGlobe.com, "Comic Alex Edelman took the long way back to Boston," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of politically correct

1934, in the meaning defined above

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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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