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affirmative action

noun [U]  /əˈfɜr·mə·t̬ɪv ˈæk·ʃən/ us  
politics & government efforts to make education and employment available to people who have traditionally been treated unfairly, for example because of their race or sex, by giving them some advantages over people who have traditionally been more powerful
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