n. 1. The trend toward a more casual atmosphere in the workplace, particularly regarding the clothes worn by office workers. 2. The trend toward using casual workers (workers who are called in as they are needed) instead of permanent full-time or part-time workers.

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  1. "While dress-down Fridays have contributed to the casualization of the American workplace, they have also led to upgrading of casual clothes."
    —"Teen Boys Have Slob Appeal," The Boston Herald

  2. "The government will respond to the nurses' concern of increased casualization by creating more permanent full-time and part-time postions, Witmer said."
    —Antonella Artuso, "Province Boosts Nursing Numbers," The Ottawa Sun, March 14, 1999

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