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affirmative actionnoun [U]

 us   /əˈfɜr·mə·t̬ɪv ˈæk·ʃən/
politics & government efforts to make ​education and ​employmentavailable to ​people who have ​traditionally been ​treatedunfairly, for ​example because of ​theirrace or ​sex, by giving them some ​advantages over ​people who have ​traditionally been more ​powerful
(Definition of affirmative action from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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affirmative actionnoun [U]

uk   us   US HR, LAW
→  positive action
(Definition of affirmative action from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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