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equal opportunity

noun
1.
policies and practices in employment and other areas that do not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, mental or physical handicap, or national origin.
Related forms
equal-opportunity, adjective
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  • Affirmative action was designed to ensure equal opportunity for all individuals.
  • Without equal opportunity there cannot be a meritocracy.
  • Inflation is not an equal opportunity destroyer of value.
  • Universal suffrage means that everyone should have an equal opportunity to vote, regardless of social background.
  • Monogamy gives everyone an equal opportunity to marry, he argued, but plural marriage skews the market.
  • In the world of tipped economies, equal opportunity loses to the reinforcement of prejudices dangerous to society.
  • Two of them were made government ministers, one of equal opportunity, the other of tourism.
  • Instead of creating equal opportunity, it tried to legislate equal results.
  • It might be tempting, therefore, to think that the old barriers have been broken down and equal opportunity achieved.
  • The real problem is affirmative action and equal opportunity.
British Dictionary definitions for equal opportunity

equal opportunity

noun
1.
  1. the offering of employment, pay, or promotion equally to all, without discrimination as to sex, race, colour, disability, etc
  2. (as modifier): our equal-opportunity policy, an equal-opportunities employer
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equal opportunity definition


The goal of giving all persons an equal chance to an education and employment, and to protect their civil rights, regardless of their race, religious beliefs, or gender. In the United States, various minority groups have been fighting for equal opportunity over the last 150 years. (See affirmative action, civil rights movement, equal protection of the laws, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Organization for Women, segregation, sexism, suffragist, and women's movement.)

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