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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 Among the targets of the US blacklist were a handful of Chinese technology companies. Laura He, CNN, "Global markets jittery ahead of US-China trade talks," 9 Oct. 2019 One recent measure was the creation of a blacklist of shipping companies to punish those that deliver petroleum. Andrea RodrÍguez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Explains: Why does Medvedev’s visit to Cuba matter?," 2 Oct. 2019 Chinese authorities have almost completed preparations necessary to blacklist FedEx, people familiar with the matter said. Thomas Black,, "FedEx, embroiled in U.S.-China trade war, sues Trump administration," 25 June 2019 James Griffiths, author of The Great Firewall of China, said Tencent’s blacklist is pretty much the norm in China. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "This is the blacklist Apple uses to censor the internet in China," 31 Oct. 2019 All of the above can land you on the travel industry's mysterious blacklists - banned from flying, staying or renting again. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what can get you banned by airlines, hotels and rental car companies," 8 Oct. 2019 More broadly, the White House, in its blacklist announcement, signaled a willingness to take aim at China’s technological dreams. New York Times, "By Taking Aim at Chinese Tech Firms, Trump Signals a Strategy Shift," 8 Oct. 2019 An act of rebellion could send family members to labor camps or blacklist the next generation from attending a university. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Gardner is standing up to the enduring lie of peace and freedom in communist China," 3 Oct. 2019 On Monday, the Department of Commerce (DoC), which put Huawei on its prohibitive blacklist in May, issued Huawei a second 90-day reprieve on the ban, permitting U.S. companies to supply the Chinese tech manufacturer with vital components. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Huawei Launches New A.I. Chip As Company Enters ‘Battle Mode’ To Survive," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Weingram said Bernstein was blacklisted and, as an example, told of how CBS radio refused to air his concerts. cleveland, "Leonard Bernstein exhibit opens at Beachwood’s Maltz Museum," 26 Sep. 2019 Substitute teacher Candice Egan got a $20,000 settlement in 2018 after filing a lawsuit charging that the school district blacklisted her for telling reporters about a 12-year-old student who assaulted her. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "St. Paul district to pay $525,000 to settle lawsuit with ex-teacher Aaron Benner," 18 Sep. 2019 The letter comes months after the Trump administration blacklisted U.S. business with Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Senators say TikTok should be investigated by U.S. intelligence for potential "national security risks"," 24 Oct. 2019 The already slim prospects for success grew dimmer Monday when the US Commerce Department blacklisted a group of Chinese tech companies., "WASHINGTON — President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping have plenty of reasons to call off their trade war.," 10 Oct. 2019 The already slim prospects for success grew dimmer Monday when the U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted a group of Chinese tech companies. Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY, "Hopes are dim as US and China meet for 13th round of high-stakes trade talks," 9 Oct. 2019 The already slim prospects for success grew dimmer Monday when the U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted a group of Chinese tech companies. Paul Wiseman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hopes are dim as US and China resume high-stakes trade talks," 9 Oct. 2019 But San Francisco publicly, officially maligned law-abiding NRA members as terrorists and publicly, officially vowed to blacklist them from government work. Josh Koehn,, "SF mayor, city attorney remind departments that anti-NRA resolution has no legal teeth," 1 Oct. 2019 Shopping malls owned by local developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, for example, were blacklisted by protesters after it was accused of allowing riot police to enter and carry out a violent crackdown. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why Starbucks is now on Hong Kong protesters’ business boycott list," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Blacklist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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