safe space

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of safe space

: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations
  • … student volunteers put up posters advertising that a "safe space" would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.
  • —Judith Shulevitz
  • Women, sexual assault victims, people of color, transgender students. College campuses have created "safe spaces" for all sorts of marginalized groups.
  • —Catherine Rampell

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First Known Use of safe space

1970


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