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black·​list ˈblak-ˌlist How to pronounce blacklist (audio)
: a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted
: a list of banned or excluded things of disreputable character
a domain-name blacklist
… helped the government keep marijuana on the blacklist.Cynthia Cotts


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blacklisted; blacklisting; blacklists

transitive verb

: to put on a blacklist
blacklister noun

Examples of blacklist in a Sentence

Noun He's on the FBI's blacklist. The rental company has created a blacklist of bad drivers.
Recent Examples on the Web
And they'll be put on this blacklist and that that'll affect their future. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 July 2024 Huawei released its mobile operating system, HarmonyOS, in 2019, shortly after the U.S. placed the Chinese tech company on a trade blacklist that cut off its access to Google’s Android. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune Asia, 18 June 2024
In fact, the prosecutor was blacklisted by the European Union, the U.S. and other groups because of his refusal to tackle corruption, which international entities had established as a task for Kyiv before it could be considered for EU membership and other benefits. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2024 They have been blacklisted and condemned to starvation and social death. Jasmin Malik Chua, Sourcing Journal, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for blacklist 

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Word History

First Known Use


1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blacklist was in 1624

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“Blacklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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: a list of persons who are disapproved of and are to be punished
blacklist verb
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