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 That makes the hypocrisy of their politically correct public statements misleading at best. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 This column runs the serious risk of not being politically correct. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2021 Using language that is not politically correct toward others is something that everyone needs to be cautious about. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 How about all of those Republican senators that voted thinking that helping the Democrats is such a wonderful thing to do, so politically correct. Harold Maass, The Week, 8 Nov. 2021 Ever more woke and politically correct, colleges are reducing reliance on things like SAT tests that actually are decent predictors of collegiate success. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Forman’s inadequacy perfectly anticipates today’s politically correct culture. Armond White, National Review, 12 Nov. 2021 Critics took to social media to blast the attempt to describe the crime wave as something other than looting, with some suggesting the change wouldn't make any difference, and others calling it an attempt at being politically correct. Fox News, 23 Nov. 2021 Homes and offices in Washington, D.C., must display every politically correct lawn sign there is. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 8 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of politically correct

1934, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2022

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“Politically correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politically%20correct. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of politically correct

: 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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