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politically correct

Describing statements or behavior that is careful to avoid offensive or insensitive content. Our CEO is constantly being criticized in the media because he rarely makes politically correct speeches.
See also: correct

PC

An abbreviation for "politically correct," used to describe statements or behavior that are careful to avoid being offensive or insensitive. Our CEO is constantly being criticized in the media because his speeches are rarely PC.

PC

Also, p.c. An abbreviation for 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.
See also: correct

poˌlitically corˈrect

(abbr. PC) used to describe language or behaviour that deliberately tries to avoid offending particular groups of people: These days everybody has to be politically correct. I even heard someone the other day calling a short person ‘vertically challenged’!
See also: correct