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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A policy or program providing advantages for people of a minority group who are seen to have traditionally been discriminated against, with the aim of creating a more egalitarian society through preferential access to education, employment, health care, social welfare, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a policy of making active efforts to improve the employment or educational opportunities available to members of minority groups or women; -- achieved by employers or schools by using various techniques, but excluding the use of simple quotas or outright discrimination against white males.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities

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