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Cambridge Dictionary redefines meanings of ‘woman’ and ‘man’

Cambridge Dictionary has re-defined meanings of ‘woman’ and ‘man’!

According to the Cambridge dictionary, “man” is now “an adult who lives and identifies as a male though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.”

While the updated definition of “woman” reads: “An adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth”.

The Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster both recently expanded their definitions of “woman” and “female,” respectively, and the Cambridge Dictionary has now done the same.

Oxford changed the definition of “woman” in 2020 in response to criticism that the word and the related pejorative synonyms were “sexist.”

According to the dictionary, a “woman” is not only a man’s lover, but also “a person’s wife, girlfriend, or female lover.”

The definition of “man” has also been modified to use gender-neutral language.

On the other hand, the Cambridge Dictionary has been criticised for updating its definition of “man” and “woman” to include people who do not identify with the sex they were born with.

 

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