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Definition of blacklist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted
2 : a list of banned or excluded things of disreputable character a domain-name blacklist … helped the government keep marijuana on the blacklist.— Cynthia Cotts


blacklisted; blacklisting; blacklists

Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put on a blacklist

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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: Noun In April 2020, ZeroBounce also added three new tools to its platform; an email server tester, the inbox placement tester and the blacklist monitoring tool. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Sacramento’s culture warriors heard the message and this week extended their blacklist. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 July 2021 In January, the Pentagon added the company to its Communist Chinese military companies (CCMC) list — an investment blacklist created in 1999 but used for the first time only in the waning months of the Trump administration. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 22 Sep. 2021 But he was criticized for assisting American companies seeking to sell to Chinese firms on a U.S. blacklist of technology exports. Bob Davis, WSJ, 13 July 2021 The company was added to a U.S. trade blacklist in 2019 and faces restrictions in accessing American supplies and technology. Yue Wang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The bureau has a major say in deciding which technologies are exported to China, which are blocked, and which Chinese companies wind up on a Commerce Department blacklist. Bob Davis, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Sjoerdsma is also on a blacklist of Russia for being critical of the regime. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2021 Fields also raised concerns about blacklist websites that identify students, faculty members and activists as racist and anti-Semitic. Andrea Lopez-villafaña, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Suggestions have included appointing a chief architect for each city, as seen in many Western countries, as well as a credit system that could blacklist designers who do not comply with planning regulations. CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 Senior Senate Republicans on Monday threatened to indefinitely hold up the nominations of five top Treasury Department officials if the Biden administration doesn’t blacklist the firm managing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Ian Talley, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2021 Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem was divisive enough for NFL owners to effectively blacklist him but is now commonplace in other sports. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 In March, a federal judge blocked enforcement of the U.S. investment ban on Xiaomi Corp. , calling the decision to blacklist the Chinese technology company deeply flawed. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 7 May 2021 The sanctions are the latest issued following an executive order signed by President Biden in February enabling the U.S. to blacklist the military leaders who directed the takeover, as well as their family members and business interests. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 One open question is whether the Pentagon will essentially blacklist some organizations deemed to be extremist groups and outright bar membership in those groups. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2021 Ali says the new initiative by the garment associations won’t blacklist international companies that disregard their terms and block them from ordering clothes at their factories. Marc Bain, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2021 She was banned from attending the Grammys that year, but CEO and chairman Les Moonves also reportedly attempted to essentially blacklist her from the industry. Ineye Komonibo,, 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of blacklist


1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1702, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blacklist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a list of people, organizations, etc., that are disapproved of or that are to be punished or avoided



English Language Learners Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say that a person, company, etc., should be avoided or not allowed to do something : to place (someone or something) on a blacklist


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