an·​ti·​com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ ˌan-tē-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anticompetitive (audio) \

Definition of anticompetitive

: tending to reduce or discourage competition

Examples of anticompetitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The French competition authority has been investigating potential anticompetitive behavior in the online advertising business for several years, publishing a report on the topic in 2018. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The European Union in December proposed a bill that could force digital platforms designated as gatekeepers to refrain from some potentially anticompetitive actions, such as promoting their own products over those of competitors. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 25 May 2021 Executives from the companies testified Wednesday at a Senate hearing examining potentially anticompetitive conduct by Apple in the App Store and in Google’s digital marketplace for apps, Google Play. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2021 The state and the federal probes are basically looking into two overall buckets of potentially anticompetitive behavior. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 30 Nov. 2020 The suit calls for a court order prohibiting Amazon from engaging in anticompetitive behavior and any other necessary measures — including a corporate breakup, if deemed necessary. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 26 May 2021 There are clear steps that must be taken to end this anticompetitive behavior and finally make users and developers a priority. John Bergmayer, Wired, 24 May 2021 Alibaba, which was hit by a record $2.8 billion fine for anticompetitive behavior, has lost a third of its value since October. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 20 May 2021 Now China’s internet companies are kowtowing to Beijing and trying to make their rivals look bad instead of correcting their own anticompetitive behavior. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of anticompetitive

1854, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2021

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“Anticompetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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