white paper


Definition of white paper

1 : a government report on any subject especially : a British publication that is usually less extensive than a blue book
2 : a detailed or authoritative report

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Recent Examples on the Web Participants will need an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of construction paper, 8 1/2 x11 piece of white paper, scissors and markers. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Project Pedal benefit is revamped due to coronavirus pandemic: West Shore Chatter," 25 May 2020 In a bill and accompanying white paper, the congressman proposed the federal government spend $205 billion over five years on a national high-speed rail network. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy," 19 May 2020 Rigano had self-published a white paper about chloroquine, on Google Docs; his connection to the French research was otherwise unclear. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Dangerous Messaging About a Possible Coronavirus Treatment," 27 Mar. 2020 As trade frictions were heating up in June and Beijing was threatening to challenge American policy at the World Trade Organization, for instance, China published a detailed white paper that affirmed its support for the multilateral trading system. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Says Trump Administration Is a Trade Bully as New Tariffs Take Effect," 24 Sep. 2018 The white paper—and its accompanying data visualization of an ominous cloud of coronavirus hitting an unwitting runner—was an instant hit with the press and social media, thanks largely to a Medium post that went, um, viral. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "Inside the Controversial 6-Foot Social-Distancing Study," 17 Apr. 2020 Under the original proposals, outlined in last year’s online harms white paper, a website that does not fulfil that duty of care would face a fine, its senior managers could be held criminally liable or access to the site be blocked entirely. Jenn Selby, refinery29.com, "What Exactly Constitutes Harassment On Instagram?," 24 Feb. 2020 In recent years, hundreds of health experts have written books, white papers, and op-eds warning of the possibility. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Will End," 25 Mar. 2020 Warheit pushed back at the conservancy with a white paper distributed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to news outlets Friday. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Virus in escaped fish common, not harmful to salmon in Washington waters, state says," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of white paper

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2020

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“White paper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20paper. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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