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English definition of “positive action”

positive action

noun [U]
 
 
UK (UK also positive discrimination, US affirmative action) HR, LAW
action to make education, employment, etc. available to members of groups who have traditionally been treated unfairly, for example because of their race or sex: It is our duty, as members of a party devoted to equal opportunities, to work together for positive action. Men under 40 are twice as likely to favour positive discrimination for women as those aged over 40. Affirmative action was introduced in the wake of the civil rights movement to offset discrimination in education and employment.
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(Definition of positive action from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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