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politically correctadjective

uk   us   (abbreviation PC)
Someone who is politically correct ​believes that ​language and ​actions that could be ​offensive to ​others, ​especially those ​relating to ​sex and ​race, should be ​avoided. A politically correct word or ​expression is used ​instead of another one to ​avoid being ​offensive: Some ​peoplethink that "​fireman" is a ​sexistterm, and ​prefer the politically correct ​term "​firefighter".
political correctness
noun [U] uk   us  
We can't ​even use the word "​chairman"! It's just ​politicalcorrectness gone ​mad!
(Definition of politically correct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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politically correctadjective

 us   /pəˈlɪt̬·ɪ·kli kəˈrekt/ (abbreviation PC)
disapprovingavoidinglanguage or ​behavior that any ​particulargroup of ​people might ​feel is ​unkind or ​offensive: The politically correct ​term "​firefighter" is used ​instead of "​fireman."
(Definition of politically correct from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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