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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Instead, the school board chose the easy route and sided with the popular politically correct position. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: My allegiance is to the people," 11 July 2019 Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct. . Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Trump’s love-hate relationship with Fox News just turned to hate again. What’s that about?," 8 July 2019 Not all Millennials are politically correct snowflakes; not all activists are social-justice warriors. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 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

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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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