open letter


Definition of open letter

: a published letter of protest or appeal usually addressed to an individual but intended for the general public

Examples of open letter in a Sentence

In an open letter to the company, a citizens' group implored company executives to reconsider their decision to close the factory.

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The point echoed concerns from human rights groups, who sent an open letter to Pichai about Dragonfly yesterday. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "What Google’s CEO told Congress about China — and what he didn’t," 12 Dec. 2018 Yesterday, Sir Paul McCartney, via IFPI, published an open letter urging members of the European Parliament to back the EU’s proposed copyright reforms. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Music Industry Bosses Decry 'Missed Opportunity' As European Union Rejects Copyright Bill," 5 July 2018 On Monday, Amazon shareholders sent an open letter asking CEO Jeff Bezos to halt a program developing facial recognition software for governments pending a review by the board of directors. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Trump Stokes Outrage in Silicon Valley—But It's Selective," 20 June 2018 As a result, Kundnani published an open letter in December 2017 aimed at the BOP and the state of Georgia, demanding an end to the isolation of Al-Amin and allowing academics and journalists access to him. Obaid H. Siddiqui, The Root, "The Unofficial Gag Order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 Years in Prison, Still Not Allowed to Speak," 30 May 2018 When Teen Vogue reached out for comment to Notre Dame, the school provided a link to a letter written by the vice president for student affairs in response to the open letter, published in the campus newspaper in November 2017. Anthony Gerace, Teen Vogue, "Betsy DeVos Says She Wants to Keep Schools Safe and Equitable. Her Policies Tell a Different Story," 28 Aug. 2018 The open letter was posted online after the law school, currently ranked number-one in the country by U.S. News & World Report, published a press release with quotes from faculty praising the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 As of Tuesday night more than 100 people signed the open letter at Microsoft—a company of more than 124,000. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Trump Stokes Outrage in Silicon Valley—But It's Selective," 20 June 2018 That announcement did little to stem the tide, however, and the open letter would prove to be the first of three letters signed by high-ranking industry figures that called for change at the Recording Academy. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Recording Academy Chief Neil Portnow to Step Down Next Year," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of open letter

1898, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of open letter

: a letter that is published in a newspaper but that is addressed to a well-known person or to an organization

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