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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 California’s blacklist also includes Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and Mississippi. Fox News, "Oklahoma governor bans state-funded travel to California after being put on Golden State's blacklist," 24 Jan. 2020 The modern blacklist reportedly includes not only spam sites, which get de-indexed from search, but also the type of misinformation sites that are endemic to Facebook (or, for that matter, Google's own YouTube). Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Google search results have more human help than you think, report finds," 15 Nov. 2019 The expansion of the blacklist is a blow to some of China's hottest tech startups, especially in artificial intelligence. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Goldman Sachs reviews its role in Megvii's IPO after Chinese AI firm is blacklisted," 9 Oct. 2019 Over time, the IWF has become more central to these efforts, with U.S. search companies now contributing to the nonprofit's blacklists of websites and images. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Yandex, Russia’s biggest search engine, is an on-ramp for child sexual imagery, experts say," 17 Jan. 2020 The United States had not put any country on the manipulation blacklist since the Clinton administration branded China a manipulator 26 years ago. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "US-China trade agreement: Trump administration drops designation of China as currency manipulator," 14 Jan. 2020 Until recently, the only credit scoring system was a blacklist of sorts, with unpaid balances listed on a register and removed once they were resolved. Julianne Pepitone, CNN, "One of Latin America's most valuable startups is changing the way Brazilians bank," 6 Dec. 2019 San Francisco has also issued a blacklist of 22 states that its municipal employees are banned from traveling to as part of their jobs. Jonathan Turley, Twin Cities, "Jonathan Turley: Yes, Trump has Joe McCarthy-like tendencies. So do some Democrats," 25 Oct. 2019 The executive order grants the administration power to place anyone involved, even indirectly, in the construction, manufacturing, textile or mining sector on a global financial blacklist. Time, "President Trump Accuses Iran of Targeting Attacks on 4 U.S. Embassies," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scientists who fail to obtain a proper permit will be blacklisted for 5 years; repeat offenders risk a $290,000 fine. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research," 24 July 2019 In October SenseTime and iFlytek, the artificial-intelligence firms with research partnerships at MIT, were blacklisted by the American government for allegedly abetting the abuses in Xinjiang. The Economist, "Chinese students The new red scare on American campuses," 2 Jan. 2020 Washington has stepped up reviews of Chinese investments that could be a security threat, and blacklisted dozens of Chinese technology firms, including the telecom giant Huawei, from buying American technology without government approval. New York Times, "Trump Officials Battle Over Plan to Keep Technology Out of Chinese Hands," 23 Oct. 2019 The figures that Facebook and other social-media companies have blacklisted include most prominently gadflies and media entrepreneurs such as Milo Yiannapoulos and Laura Loomer — who are straight-up dopes, rodeo clowns rather than stormtroopers. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Small Policy Tweaks Won’t Fix Facebook," 20 Oct. 2019 If pushed into a corner, China could respond in kind by blacklisting American firms and even nationalizing U.S. assets in China. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "The U.S.-China Trade War Is Steering the World Toward Crisis and There Is No Easy Retreat," 7 Aug. 2019 The managers were punished and so was the subsidiary: It was blacklisted for a year by the government and subject to more inspections, limits on bidding for public projects and restrictions on issuing bonds and shares., "The Chinese Blacklist That Companies Pay $2,500-an-Hour to Avoid," 8 Dec. 2019 Among those who were blacklisted was Loeb, who played Jake Goldberg, Molly’s husband on the show. Sergio Carmona,, "‘The Goldbergs’ stars portrayed in ‘Ordinary Americans’ play," 27 Nov. 2019 The deal also does not address Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant that has been blacklisted by the U.S. Mr. Trump said the deal would result in an additional $40 billion to $50 billion in farm purchases by China. CBS News, "Trump announces "phase one" trade deal reached with China," 11 Oct. 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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13 Feb 2020

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“Blacklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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