: opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable (such as a prison or incinerator) in one's neighborhood
NIMBYism noun

Examples of NIMBY in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Arizona, a land of many well-off retirees, golfers and snowbirds, NIMBY obstructions to affordable, multifamily developments are aplenty. The Arizona Republic, 31 July 2023 And then there is the NIMBY crowd, the homeowners and renters who have shown a ferocious determination to keep homeless shelters and housing out of their neighborhoods. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 Jail Commander Kenny Bradshaw said keeping it in Bisbee also would alleviate issues with the not-in-my-backyard sentiment, or NIMBY. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 19 Apr. 2023 Clark offered up a few dreams: changing people’s attitudes and calling out NIMBY sentiments as an uncaring response to the communities calling out for help. Leah Waters, Dallas News, 14 Apr. 2023 In nearby Berkeley, the first city to pass the archetypal NIMBY zoning requiring that only single-family homes be built in the city, YIMBYs struck a huge victory in early 2021 with the repeal of the century-old law. Alena Botros, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2023 Going back decades, Black nightlife spaces have fought the NYPD and any number of bureaucratic arms trying to shut them down (not to mention NIMBY types looking for reasons to lodge another noise complaint), while whiter spaces have historically faced less scrutiny. Abe Beame, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2023 Still, not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) sentiments remain widespread in Utah, and most experts in urban planning agree the list of new development projects that fully and successfully apply smart growth principles remains short. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


not in my backyard

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of NIMBY was in 1980

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“NIMBY.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/NIMBY. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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