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

Examples of safe space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These groups provide a safe space for individuals struggling with addiction to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 The program aimed to educate Boston residents, particularly Black and brown women who have recently given birth or are expecting to give birth soon, and to create a safe space for people experiencing pregnancy and postpartum. Emma Obregón Dominguez,, 24 Aug. 2023 This leaves them without a safe space to learn and explore their sexuality. Catalina Lawsin, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 On the first day of the heat wave, the center offered Anderson a safe space to cool off, grab refreshments and recover. Austindedios, oregonlive, 13 Aug. 2023 After a drunk driving accident cut Nikki’s life short at the age of 18, Penrod and wife Lucia (now the CEO of Nikki Beach) decided to honor their daughter’s memory by creating a safe space for people to cultivate community and foster moments of joy. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2023 The bathroom should be a safe space, one free of cell phone conversations. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2023 Carrillo, who had a career as a DCS social worker for seven years, used cooking as a way to connect with at-risk youth, create a safe space, nurture and educate them. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 14 Aug. 2023 Over the past five years, the band has fallen into a rhythm that was instrumental in fostering a safe space for the self-interrogation on this album. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of safe space was in 1970

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“Safe space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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