politically correct

adjective

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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Thankfully, administration isn’t buying the politically correct grousing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Higher Ed Needs More Cowboys," 12 July 2018 His mother’s politically correct terminology frustrates him. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "'There There' weaves a powerful tale of contemporary urban Native Americans," 2 July 2018 Some people think the school was being overly politically correct by apologizing. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Principal apologizes to black students for 'party like it's 1776' prom tickets | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018 So powerful is the draw of political tribalism that people are now increasingly able to turn their tastes on a dime in order to conform with what is politically correct. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 On social media, Trump supporters are accusing ABC of being politically correct, of caving in to liberals, of being anti-Trump. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "ABC played with fire, and got burned by Roseanne," 29 May 2018 The 76ers coach chose not to be politically correct. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Brett Brown boldly says the Sixers need a high-level free agent to compete for an NBA title," 11 May 2018 At its core, this notion of uninhibited, anti-politically correct speech has dimmed the hope of productive dialogue. Blake D. Morant, The Atlantic, "In Praise of Civility," 24 May 2018 Why not bring mom back as a talking, politically correct Prius, mercilessly badgering her environmentally insensitive son? Joe Queenan, WSJ, "A Wonderful Future for TV of the Past," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of politically correct

1934, in the meaning defined above

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politically correct

adjective

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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