an·​ti·​com·​pet·​i·​tive | \-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv \

Definition of anticompetitive 

: tending to reduce or discourage competition

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Six4Three sued Facebook in 2015, alleging that its data policies were anticompetitive and favored certain companies over others. Kirsten Grind, WSJ, "Facebook’s Zuckerberg at Center of Emails Released by U.K. Parliament," 5 Dec. 2018 Khan in her paper warned that current law underappreciates the risks of predatory pricing and the anticompetitive nature of business integration. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Happy Prime Day! Experts worry Amazon is building a dangerous monopoly.," 17 July 2018 The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore now wants to levy fines and reconsider the merger because of the anticompetitive issues, CNBC says. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "Uber's Big Plan to Sell Its Southeast Asia Division May Have Just Fallen Apart," 5 July 2018 But new research is uncovering another anticompetitive threat: large, diversified stock-market investors, such as mutual funds. Kevin Lewis,, "‘An offer you can’t refuse’ from Italian officials," 8 June 2018 Provisions such as this could easily lead to abuse and be deployed for anticompetitive, not protective purposes. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Georgia governor vetoes cyber bill that would criminalize “unauthorized access”," 9 May 2018 Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said the specialized nature of credit-card transactions justified what in other circumstances might have been anticompetitive conduct. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court sides with American Express on merchant fees," 25 June 2018 In addition to eliminating a direct competitor in some lines of business, the deal as proposed would have led to Bayer gaining anticompetitive leverage in other markets, according to the Justice Department. Brian Fung And Caitlin Dewey,, "Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement," 29 May 2018 Delrahim has argued that selling off assets is a more effective way to resolve anticompetitive mergers than forcing companies to abide by requirements that must be reviewed by regulators on an ongoing basis. Brian Fung And Caitlin Dewey,, "Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of anticompetitive

1854, in the meaning defined above

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