people-first language

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Alternative forms[edit]

people first language, People-First language, People First language, "people-first" language, "people first" language


US English. Grammatically a nominal phrase "people first" used as a hyphenated adjective modifying "language". As a term advocated by disability rights organizations in the United States from 1988.


people-first language (uncountable)

  1. politically correct language referring to disabilities by avoiding adjectives or the copula.
    "people first" language, which refers to the person first and the disability second: "Americans with disabilities," for example, rather than "disabled Americans", letter to the editor of BusinessWeek, published in Issue 3059 (1988).[1]