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affirmative action

A policy that promotes the recruitment or advancement of minority groups (as relates to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or people with disabilities) so as to create a more diverse environment, especially as a means to counter discrimination against those minorities. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. While some people view affirmative action as an unfair hiring method, the company stands by it as a useful means of promoting diversity.
See also: action, affirmative

in the affirmative

in the form of an answer that means yes. The soldier answered in the affirmative by nodding his head "yes." My manager's response was in the affirmative.
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Church historians have made the case strongly that our Catholic Church has answered that question affirmatively during this past century, due to the willingness of Catholics--rich, middle class, and poor--to make the sacrifices necessary to build churches and especially schools.
Rather, Souls of Black Folk richly and finally affirmatively "foregrounds the very complex system of interrelationships that makes up [its] (con)textual field.
The audience is commanded to stand; individuals are allowed to sit only when they can affirmatively answer such questions as: "Do you make more than $250,000 a year?
More than sixty years ago, Congress answered affirmatively by passing the National Labor Relations Act, which explicitly encouraged collective bargaining.
This was an opportunity for the government to act affirmatively and benefit the black community, and they blew it," says Anderson, whose general managing partner's development team oversaw the $450 million California Plaza downtown.
But he affirmatively wanted to reach out and help poor whites as well.
We affirmatively keep less-sick people out of the hospital by using managed care gatekeepers, second opinions, pread-mission certifications, etc.
As indicated in the amended preliminary proxy statement, pursuant to the Company's certificate of incorporation, a record holder of shares of the Company's common stock issued in its initial public offering may, if the stockholder affirmatively votes against the business combination, demand that the Company convert such shares into cash.
252, 42 USC 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is not just another housing policy rule - it is the implementation of a fundamental principle of our civil rights laws, written into the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to ensure that government takes proactive steps not just to prohibit discrimination, but to affirmatively reverse patterns of residential segregation - both in the implementation of its own programs and in the state and local policies and structures that continue to define metropolitan racial and economic segregation.
More importantly, an election out does not prevent the taxpayer from later affirmatively allocating GST exemption to a transfer (for which a previous election out had been made) on a timely filed gift tax return or an affirmative late allocation.
Must affirmatively and voluntarily consent to receive and/or sign electronic records, with the consent applying to all transactions, forms and records requiring a legal signature;
Stated affirmatively, the interaction of Articles 5(1) and 5(5) demonstrates that a Contracting State acquires taxing jurisdiction over a non-resident entity (NRE) only if that enterprise has--
Ben nodded affirmatively, but hoped he had not made any kind of egregious error.