ro·​bo·​call | \ ˈrō-bō-ˌkȯl \

Definition of robocall

: a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a prerecorded message to a large number of people

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DeSantis was also forced to disavow white nationalists who made racist robocalls attacking Gillum. Caroline Houck, Vox, "Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race," 17 Nov. 2018 The Telephone Consumer Protection Act does apply to political robocalls and texts, the FCC says on its website. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC’s robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say [Updated]," 12 Dec. 2018 This week, for example, Sal Russo, a top figure in the Tea Party movement, was heard on robocalls to GOP households, telling them that Cox was the only Republican who could win in November. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "California GOP candidates pressure other Republicans to drop out," 24 May 2018 The Federal Communications Commission should let phone companies get more aggressive in blocking robocalls, 35 state attorneys general told the commission yesterday. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Robocallers “evolved” to sidestep new call blocking rules, AGs tell FCC," 10 Oct. 2018 Consumers bitterly complain about robocalls, which are rising despite regulatory vows to stop them. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google's version of robocalls has small businesses skeptical," 10 May 2018 Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances, at worst costly scams — are getting worse., "Legal troubles continue for ex-Volkswagen CEO," 7 May 2018 At one point, DeSantis’s campaign was supported by a white nationalist group, which sent out racist robocalls against his opponent, Andrew Gillum, who is Black. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Biden has agreed to record a robocall on behalf of Carper, who is seeking his fourth term as Delaware senator and has served in statewide office continuously since 1977. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Candidates still count," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of robocall

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for robocall

robot + -o- + call entry 2

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