politically correct

politically correct
exhibiting political correctness
Pertains to noun: ↑political correctness

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adj [more \politically correct; most \politically correct]
sometimes disapproving : agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people

politically correct language/terms

He later realized that his response was not politically correct.

— abbr. PC
political correctness noun [noncount]

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poˌlitically corˈrect [politically correct] adjective (abbr. PC)
used to describe language or behaviour that deliberately tries to avoid offending particular groups of people

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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