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positive actionnoun [U]

uk   us   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 ​treatedunfairly, for ​example because of their race or sex: It is our ​duty, as ​members of a ​party devoted to ​equalopportunities, to ​work together for ​positiveaction. Men under 40 are twice as likely to favour ​positivediscrimination for women as those aged over 40. Affirmative ​action was ​introduced in the wake of the ​civilrightsmovement to ​offsetdiscrimination in ​education and ​employment.
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