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 Murphy has altered mainstream media’s mindscape about gay sensibility; what used to be known as camp is now suspiciously politically correct. Armond White, National Review, "A Segregated, Modernized Boys in the Band," 2 Oct. 2020 In the classical world, hesitant and complacent politically correct attitudes were not considered a sign of a good education but of a very deficient one. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Why Does the Left Hate the Humanities?," 19 Sep. 2020 Art isn’t obliged to be responsible, or politically correct. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Chris Korda: The Producer on the 'Anesthesia' of Dance Music & Why Humans Must Stop Breeding," 10 Sep. 2020 Her arguments should, at a minimum, be open for continuing discussion, rather than be stifled by a politically correct orthodoxy. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Why the Knives Are Out for Trump’s Fed Critic Judy Shelton," 9 Sep. 2020 Hallmark Channel was one of the remaining channels that families could watch without being bombarded by politically correct commercials and the LGBTQ agenda. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Hallmark Channel celebrates first same-sex wedding in new movie Wedding Every Weekend," 16 Aug. 2020 Games at Arrowhead Stadium also continue to take on the vibe of a less politically correct time. Jim Salter, The Denver Post, "Kansas City Chiefs fans under closer scrutiny for chants, “tomahawk chops”," 30 Jan. 2020 This is not about being politically correct, says Jacobson. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thamee got national acclaim for its Burmese food. Now it wants to become a model for racial justice.," 10 July 2020 Is there a politer politically correct term for someone who uses guns to establish authority over an area in which sovereignty is disputed? Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Requiem for CHAZ," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of politically correct

1934, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2020

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“Politically correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politically%20correct. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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