politically correct

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politically correct (comparative more politically correct, superlative most politically correct)

  1. (sometimes pejorative, of language) Avoiding offense based on demographics especially race, sex, religion, ideology, sexuality, disability, or social grouping
  2. Used other than as an idiom.
    • 1793, U.S. Supreme Court, Chisholm v State of GA, 2 US 419 (1793)
      Sentiments and expressions of this inaccurate kind prevail in our common, even in our convivial, language. Is a toast asked? ‘The United States’, instead of the ‘People of the United States’, is the toast given. This is not politically correct.

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While "politically correct" frequently refers to a linguistic phenomenon, it is sometimes extended to cover political ideology and behavior, curriculum content, and many areas affected by law, regulation, and public pressure.

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