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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

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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To understand the drive for politically correct language, it is important to understand the problem that this language is allegedly intended to solve.
A long article in the Wall Street Journal, for example, used a right-wing "media consultant" (rather than a historian), who also had "close ties to Apple," to insert the charge that "this is a politically correct, left-wing version of American history.
Detroit News: A report declared that "Detroit's deaf community is adopting new sign language that is more politically correct, reflecting the community's desire to be more sensitive to different minorities, nationalities and sexual preferences.
The "Hispanics" (the locally but not politically correct term) had reason to know the neighboring forests well, for they could look back on almost 400 years of life with the land.
The issue of politically correct language seems to be causing alarm in Great Britain as well as in Canada and the U.
A BAN on panto stars throwing sweets into the audience was yesterday blasted as politically correct madness.
I hear it has been deemed politically correct not to offer them for sale unless specifically asked for.
In honor of a decision last year to change Valentine's Day to Friendship Celebration Day (because Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine and anyone who hears a religious name may become infected with God) by a DePere, Wisconsin, school district, we thought we'd help Christiaphobics rename a few more items that have religious implications, to make them politically correct.
Walter Hill's politically correct Western ``Broken Trail'' feels like the product of a film-school course called Gorgeous Vistas 101, wherein a sliver of a story is draped over a lot of handsome cinematography.
Although at first glance the Quebec steadfastness appears to be a result of prudence and a refusal to kowtow to a politically correct agenda, it may in fact be an outgrowth of purely financial concerns.
This story, first published in 1948, is less than politically correct, as there is some ignorance about a few ethnicities, birth control and spanking.
God was not concerned about being politically correct, nor am I.
When Robert Kilroy-Silk spoke his mind about Arab terrorists, he was attacked by the politically correct mob for saying what a lot of people were thinking.
Progressively more politically correct to conform to society's demands, and better musical proficiency.
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