politically correct

adjective

: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated
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 Sure, old-schoolers might say such choices are made to check politically correct boxes or lessen the likelihood of a widespread cancellation. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Related: Liver disease researchers are hoping AI can improve their trial design Some physicians continue to critique the new terms as unnecessary, or an attempt to be politically correct. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 28 Dec. 2023 Its leaders argued that proposal was divisive, lacked detail, could give advice on everything from taxes to defense policy, and was a politically correct vanity project from Mr. Albanese, the prime minister, that distracted people from issues like the high cost of living. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 But social media trolls have viciously critiqued and labeled these depictions as part of a politically correct feminist agenda. Cara Ocobock, Scientific American, 19 Oct. 2023 The laughs are sometimes complicated, not all of them politically correct, and many are community-centric. Riza Cruz, ELLE, 20 June 2023 And rather than become a nostalgic curio, a vestige of a less politically correct past, Suga Free is enjoying an unlikely but deserved renaissance. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 There seems to be a current conflict between being politically correct and being funny. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2023 During the epic fall of SVB and Signature Bank, Twitter was ablaze condemning management for focusing on politically correct agendas instead of paying rapt attention to risk management, bond durations and what to do about the billions of dollars in unrealized losses. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of politically correct was in 1934

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“Politically correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politically%20correct. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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politically correct

adjective
: following the belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated
political correctness noun

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