position paper


Definition of position paper

: a detailed report that recommends a course of action on a particular issue

Examples of position paper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second, a statement on the CDC website about the importance of kids going back to school that reads more like a position paper than a public health analysis. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "When Politics Distorts Science," 17 Sep. 2020 Adding to their concerns is a March 2017 position paper, written by a now former employee, that recommended eliminating all athletic programs to free up money for educational programs. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "Will fall sports happen at Maricopa Community Colleges? Decision expected next week," 10 July 2020 The administration reviewed the position paper, available to read here, and provided comments. Robin Goist, cleveland, "University of Akron, faculty union spar over funding for athletics," 6 July 2020 The New Deal was invented in response to the emergency of the Depression rather than derived from off-the-shelf position papers. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "A Case for Unity," 16 Mar. 2020 All of Biden’s position papers—whether on health care, taxation, government spending, or even foreign policy—should therefore be seen as works-in-progress. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "A Case for Unity," 16 Mar. 2020 Political pros and pundits obsess about ideology and position papers; often average voters decide based more on mood and attitude. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Biden and Sanders Offer a Choice: Unite or Fight?," 2 Mar. 2020 But China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment unveiled a new position paper yesterday that observers say shows little progress—or may even be a step backward. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "4 Things to Watch at Next Week’s Climate Summit," 19 Sep. 2019 But my hunch is that personal attributes and personal stories will matter far more to Democratic primary voters than the fine print in position papers. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "What the Press Gets Wrong About Primary Debates," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of position paper

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Position paper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/position%20paper. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of position paper

: a written report from an organization or government that discusses a particular issue and suggests what should be done

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