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affirmative action (usually uncountable, plural affirmative actions)

  1. (uncountable) A set of policies or programs providing advantages for people of a group who are seen to have traditionally been discriminated against.
  2. (countable) A specific policy with such a goal.
    • 1995, Gene A. Lew, Perspectives on Affirmative Action and Its Impact on Asian Pacific Americans:
      The debate on specific affirmative actions has similarly been reduced to mean quotas and preferential treatment of minorities and white women at the expense of white males.

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