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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 Another notable target of the blacklist has mounted a successful legal challenge. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "NYSE to Delist Chinese Telecom Carriers After Rejecting Appeals," 7 May 2021 The suit alleges Mace was never added to the store’s blacklist. Washington Post, "Walmart sold a gun to an employee with history of mental illness, lawsuit says. He killed himself two hours later.," 30 Apr. 2021 For example, the blacklist reserved for debt defaulters is overseen by China’s highest judicial authority, the Supreme People’s Court. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Blacklist vs. ‘redlist’: What to know about China’s new corporate social credit score," 10 Dec. 2020 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Russia would expel 10 US diplomats and blacklist eight US officials in response to US sanctions and expulsions., "Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Biden administration sanctions," 16 Apr. 2021 Roskomnadzor operates a sprawling blacklist, and has also cracked down on the virtual private network (VPN) tools that citizens use to bypass its restrictions. David Meyer, Fortune, "Russia throttles Twitter, making good on illegal-content threat," 10 Mar. 2021 The Commerce Department said the supercomputing companies met the criteria for the blacklist under the Export Administration Regulations. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "US blacklists Chinese supercomputing companies for ties to military and WMD program," 9 Apr. 2021 The company was also put on the U.S. economic blacklist citing national security concerns. NBC News, "Michael Kovrig: Diplomats barred from court in Canadian's espionage trial in China," 22 Mar. 2021 The move against Twitter is part of continuing efforts by the government to tighten control of the internet and social media dating back to 2012, when a law allowing authorities to blacklist and block certain online content was adopted. Fox News, "Russia slows down Twitter amid crackdown on social media platforms fueling dissent," 12 Mar. 2021 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, "NYSE to Delist Chinese Telecom Carriers After Rejecting Appeals," 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, "U.S. Blacklists State-Owned Myanmar Timber and Pearl Companies," 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, "In Israel, Austin avoids comment on Iran’s accusation of sabotage at Natanz nuclear facility," 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, "Who is responsible for the world’s garment workers?," 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,, "20 Years Later, Justin Timberlake Has An Apology For Britney Spears & Janet Jackson," 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, "Trump signs order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps including Alipay," 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, "Two Canadians Held in China Haven’t Been Tried, Contrary to Reports," 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, "Who’s left if you bar corporate executives and lobbyists from Joe Biden administration," 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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10 May 2021

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“Blacklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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