from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
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- noun A
policyor programproviding advantagesfor people of a minoritygroup who are seen to have traditionally been discriminatedagainst, with the aim of creating a more egalitariansociety through preferentialaccess to education, employment, health care, social welfare, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun 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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