One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
(in the context of the allocation of resources or employment) the practice or policy of favouring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously; positive discrimination.
- ‘Is affirmative action to reverse the legacy of discrimination an idea whose time has passed?’
- ‘Then, there are those who see affirmative action as a form of reverse discrimination.’
- ‘This view is utterly independent of my views on the merits of affirmative action.’
- ‘It's a ridiculous jump to assume the only aim of knowledge is immediate affirmative action.’
- ‘The Court had previously made clear that affirmative action could not last forever.’
- ‘However there is no pressure for compliance with any of these affirmative action programs and much needs to be done.’
- ‘Besides advocating a crackdown he is also proposing affirmative action to help young people.’
- ‘It should also contain a clear statement by the union in favour of affirmative action.’
- ‘He soon will get another chance to stake out a position on affirmative action.’
- ‘The legal question at issue here is whether affirmative action is constitutional.’
- ‘He has supported affirmative action, but warned people of the damage it can do to social cohesion.’
- ‘They plan to host a summit next March to focus on the importance of affirmative action for women.’
- ‘They have been appointed on a basis that reflects political correctness or affirmative action.’
- ‘Many argue that we can and should still make the case for affirmative action.’
- ‘We want to know what you think about the upcoming case and affirmative action in general.’
- ‘All the companies surveyed indicated that they have affirmative action policies in place.’
- ‘Opposition to quotas is not the same thing as opposition to affirmative action.’
- ‘Perhaps we should take a positive view, and look at this as affirmative action at its most effective.’
- ‘And call it what you like, but we need positive discrimination, or affirmative action.’
- ‘For many years, it served as the primary basis for affirmative action programs.’
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