Define: Affirmative Action

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Definition: Affirmative Action


Quick Summary of Affirmative Action


A principle underlying policies in employment and education aimed at ensuring equal opportunities for all.



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Dictionary Definition


A principle underlying policies in employment and education aimed at ensuring equal opportunities for all.

It extends non-discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation, to the objective of achieving, over the course of time, a profile of the workforce or organisational body that reflects the representation of various groups in the pool form which the institution or enterprise recruits it’s workers or members.


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Examples of Affirmative Action in a sentence


The latest events are likely to reopen debates about affirmative action.
Donald Trump opposes abortion, affirmative action, immigration and imports in many of its different forms.
In relation to affirmative action, it was felt that some of the provisions within the Act were unclear about what is and what is not permitted.
Affirmative action is intended to redress some of the disadvantages minorities are subject to within society.
Affirmative action assuages white guilt.
Until recently, the court had not fully considered the workplace rules on affirmative action.



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This glossary post was last updated: 5th May 2019.