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affirmative action

noun [U]    /əˈfɜr·mə·t̬ɪv ˈæk·ʃən/
politics & government efforts to make education and employment available to people who have traditionally been treated unfairly , for example because of their race or sex , by giving them some advantages over people who have traditionally been more powerful
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