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politically correct

marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.
Abbreviation: PC, P.C.
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political correctness, noun Unabridged
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  • Your guilt and your politically correct terms keep us divided and set apart.
  • It is after all politically correct among the elite.
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  • Oh right, that's not a politically correct argument.
  • My politically correct indoctrination does not provide adequate guidance with this affair.
  • Since that is not a politically correct position to take, he takes a position that appears to stem from a religious belief.
  • He derided politically correct claims that humans alone are magically free of genetic influences in their behaviour.
  • Avoiding politically correct statement and bringing out the facts makes it healthier.
  • The mainstream parties are not blind to the problems he identifies but strive to be politically correct about them.
  • It was a breath of fresh air among so much politically correct press.
British Dictionary definitions for politically correct

politically correct

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 politically correct

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with politically correct

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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