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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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 Some change their doctrines to be more modern or politically correct. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Texas tussle stretches Senate map," 18 Apr. 2018 Countless Americans -- including many in West Virginia -- embraced Trump in 2016 because of his rejection of politically correct language, including on issues related to race. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Don Blankenship has taken opposition to political correctness to a new extreme, and that’s dangerous for the GOP," 4 May 2018 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

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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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