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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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Other Words from 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: Noun During the Hollywood blacklist period, his work dried up because of his past associations with leftist performers. New York Times, 11 May 2021 Lloyd worked steadily as a TV actor and director in the early 1950s, but the political liberal found his career in jeopardy during the Hollywood blacklist period aimed at communists or their sympathizers. USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021 Under the Trump administration, Chinese technology companies such as drone maker DJI and telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei were put on a trade blacklist out of concerns such companies might be security risks. NBC News, 13 May 2021 Following Xiaomi’s legal victory, other Chinese firms placed on the blacklist are considering similar lawsuits, according to Reuters. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The End-User Review Committee, made up of members from the Commerce, State, Defense, Energy, and, sometimes, Treasury departments, is in charge of adding groups to the blacklist. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 9 Apr. 2021 White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted that the U.S. has also slapped export controls on Burma and added several Burmese businesses to a trade blacklist. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 Megvii filed for an IPO in Hong Kong in 2019, but let the application lapse after the Trump Administration placed the company on a trade blacklist. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2021 Regulators in China and Hong Kong have given Ant the green light to go public amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington, and a recent threat from the U.S. government to put Ant on a trade blacklist. Jing Yang And Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In November, the administration put on hold an effort to blacklist Ant Group, the Chinese financial technology company affiliated with e-commerce giant Alibaba. NBC News, 6 Jan. 2021 Her situation, along with Washington’s global campaign to blacklist her father’s company has epitomized for many in China attempts by Washington to stifle China’s global ascent. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2020 The way to do that isn’t to blacklist everyone who ever worked for a big corporation or to limit recruitment to friends and former colleagues. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2020

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Blacklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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