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politically correct

Describing statements or behavior careful to avoid offense or insensitivity. Our CEO is constantly being criticized in the media because he rarely makes politically correct speeches.
See also: 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
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The impression is created that they are the kind of dogmatic, politically-correct people more worried about their career than with getting the job done," he said.
Having said that, this exhibition, entitled "Lettres a Democede" (Letters to Democede), with its politically-correct alibi (a "peaceful art" of struggle against strategy), was permeated with an intuition about painting as social affect--as a language of the minority, a decentralized expression of self, marginal, a kind of savagery, or "wild parade" as Koether puts it.
The "age of the laity" has mutated into the "age of the politically-correct Church employee.
A spokesperson for Safeway said last night: "This was not a politically-correct decision.