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politically correct

adjective uk   ( abbreviation PC) us  
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 people think that "fireman" is a sexist term, and prefer the politically correct term "firefighter".
political correctness
noun [U] uk   us  
We can't even use the word "chairman"! It's just political correctness gone mad!
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