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affirmative action

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

affirmative action

(Sociology) US a policy or programme designed to counter discrimination against minority groups and women in areas such as employment and education. Brit equivalent: positive discrimination

affirm′ative ac′tion

a policy to increase opportunities for women and minorities, esp. in employment.
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Noun1.affirmative action - a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunitiesaffirmative action - a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities; "affirmative action has been extremely controversial and was challenged in 1978 in the Bakke decision"
social action - a social policy of reform (especially socioeconomic reform)
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(əˈfəːm) verb
to state something positively and firmly. Despite all the policeman's questions the lady continued to affirm that she was innocent.
ˌaffirˈmation (ӕ-) noun
afˈfirmative (-tiv) adjective, noun
saying or indicating yes to a question, suggestion etc. He gave an affirmative nod; a reply in the affirmative.
affirmative ˌaction noun
(American) the practice of giving better opportunities (jobs, education etc) to people who, it is thought, are treated unfairly (minorities, women etc).
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And importantly, our research shows that education is not just a set characteristic of individuals but is a manipulable workforce variable that can be changed by hospital managers, through preferential hiring of nurses with BSNs, or providing tuition assistance to help the nurses who are already employed obtain a BSN or higher.
Upon any future exercise and required regulatory approval of a lease or leases, and development of mining, Big Metal Coal will provide preferential hiring, training and promotion to qualified Indians and will make bonus, production tax and royalty payments to the Crow Tribe.
Statistics have shown for decades that companies and business owners participated in preferential hiring practic- es, making paid employment a male privilege, and thus making it harder for women to progress and reach the top positions.
Good times during and after World War II combined with company policies of apprenticeships, preferential hiring of sons and the placement of returned soldiers as well as its more balanced demographics, solidified the town's sense of security.
In 2007, town meeting approved allowing selectmen to negotiate after a presentation that promised, among other things, to build a public works garage, to offer free trash disposal and appliance recycling, local preferential hiring and grading a portion of the remaining parcel for use as a park or ball field.

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