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P.C.

1.
Past Commander.
2.
British. Police Constable.
4.
Post Commander.
5.
British. Prince Consort.
6.
British. Privy Council.

p.c.1

1.
(in prescriptions) after eating; after meals.
Origin
< Latin post cibōs

p.c.2

1.
2.
petty cash.
3.
postal card.
4.
price current.

politically correct

noun
1.
marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.
Abbreviation: PC, P.C.
Related forms
political correctness, noun

professional corporation

noun
1.
a corporation formed by one or more licensed practitioners, especially medical or legal, to operate their practices on a corporate plan.
Abbreviation: PC, P.C.
Origin
1965-70
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British Dictionary definitions for p.c

politically correct

adjective
1.
demonstrating progressive ideals, esp by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, esp concerning race and gender PC
Derived Forms
political correctness, noun
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Word Origin and History for p.c

P.C.

abbreviation for personal computer is from 1978; abbreviation for politically correct is by 1990.

politically correct

adj.

first attested in prevailing current sense 1970; abbreviation P.C. is from 1986.

[T]here is no doubt that political correctness refers to the political movement and phenomenon, which began in the USA, with the aim to enforce a set of ideologies and views on gender, race and other minorities. Political correctness refers to language and ideas that may cause offence to some identity groups like women and aims at giving preferential treatment to members of those social groups in schools and universities. [Thuy Nguyen, "Political Correctness in the English Language,"2007]

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p.c in Medicine

p.c. abbr.
Latin post cibum (after meals)

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p.c in Culture

p.c. definition


An abbreviation for “politically correct.” It refers to social, political, and educational changes designed to redress historical injustices in areas such as race, gender, ethnic background, and sexual orientation: “Haven't you read the latest directive on p.c. language? Please refer to our colleagues as ‘women,’ not ‘ladies’ or ‘girls.’” The phrase and abbreviation, which also appears as PC, both debuted in the late twentieth century.

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Related Abbreviations for p.c

p.c.

  1. percent
  2. personal communication
  3. Latin post cibum (after meals)

P.C.

Privy Council
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Idioms and Phrases with p.c

politically correct

Also, PC or p.c. Showing an effort to make broad social and political changes to redress injustices caused by prejudice. It often involves changing or avoiding language that might offend anyone, especially with respect to gender, race, or ethnic background. For example, Editors of major papers have sent out numerous directives concerning politically correct language. This expression was born in the late 1900s, and excesses in trying to conform to its philosophy gave rise to humorous parodies.
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