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English definition of “politically correct”

politically correct

adjective uk   (abbreviation PC) us  
describes someone who believes that language and actions that could be offensive to others, especially those relating to sex and race, should be avoidedPolite and respectfulPolite and respectful describes a word or expression that is used instead of another one to avoid being offensive: Some people think that 'fireman' is a sexist term, and prefer the politically correct term 'firefighter'.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
political correctness
noun [U] uk   us  
We can't even use the word 'chairman'! It's just political correctness gone mad!Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
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