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English definition of “politically correct”

politically correct

adjective     (abbreviation PC)
describes someone who believes that language and actions that could be offensive to others , especially those relating to sex and race , should be avoided Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful describes a word or expression that 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 '.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful political correctness     noun [U] We can't even use the word ' chairman '! It's just political correctness gone mad !Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
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