Definition of affirmative action in English:

affirmative action

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[mass noun] chiefly North American
  • Action favouring those who tend to suffer from discrimination; positive discrimination.
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    • And call it what you like, but we need positive discrimination, or affirmative action.
    • They have been appointed on a basis that reflects political correctness or affirmative action.
    • It should also contain a clear statement by the union in favour of affirmative action.

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