Definition of political correctness in US English:

political correctness

(also political correctitude)

noun

  • The avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.

    • ‘Britain has changed because of the culture of political correctness perpetuated by the government.’
    • ‘Perhaps you feel as I do that it is political correctness gone mad.’
    • ‘But in truth political correctness hasn't so much gone gaga as gone mainstream.’
    • ‘The reason is that people know that political correctness is a real issue.’
    • ‘Advertisers had argued that to ban the advertisements would be overzealous political correctness.’
    • ‘Whatever happened to political correctness in these days of feminist activism?’
    • ‘It was not a mark of political correctness, but of social justice.’
    • ‘Every day I shake my head sadly as I hear yet more people complaining about political correctness gone mad.’
    • ‘Most worrying in this changing political climate is the use of political correctness.’
    • ‘The case for equal treatment is not about political correctness, but about human decency.’
    • ‘The failing of the left in this regard is many of their people are all about ideology and political correctness.’
    • ‘This isn't a matter of so-called political correctness, but of social decency.’
    • ‘Carry on with the good work in the stand against political correctness.’
    • ‘And no other politician would dare to ruffle the petticoats of political correctness as he does.’
    • ‘The crackdown on the sex industry in Taiwan is a matter of political correctness.’
    • ‘A further complication was the rigid political correctness being enforced by the Democrat hierarchy.’
    • ‘The pioneers of political correctness made people think twice before opening their stupid mouths.’
    • ‘Aggressive feminism and political correctness have filled the vacuum of religious authority.’
    • ‘People stopped being careful around him, and all their political correctness just slipped away.’
    • ‘I say that it is just another dose of political correctness from this Government.’

Pronunciation

political correctness

/pəˈlidəkəl kəˈrek(t)nəs//pəˈlɪdəkəl kəˈrɛk(t)nəs/