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

Examples of white paper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a white paper circulated among lawmakers, their lawyers say the state would have to pay an astronomical amount of money to compensate homeowners for such a maneuver. BostonGlobe.com, "The fight over a 10-foot swath of sand along Rhode Island’s shoreline," 6 May 2021 Another white paper, from Portland State’s Transportation Research and Education Center, looked at what makes an incentive program successful in actually changing behavior. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "It’s Time for a Federal E-Bike Tax Credit," 28 Apr. 2021 In a Cato Institute white paper, Michael F. Cannon and I have traced the history of how private organizations monitored, reported on, and regulated pharmaceuticals prior to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. Jeffrey A. Singer, National Review, "The Johnson & Johnson-Vaccine Fiasco Is Business as Usual for the FDA," 20 Apr. 2021 An example of this is a video executive summary for a white paper. William Arruda, Forbes, "How Video Will Transform The Future Of Work," 11 Apr. 2021 On the menu today: Coinbase’s crypto correlation, another tech IPO, consumer borrowing stalls, and a look back at the Bitcoin white paper. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Good for Coinbase, Bad for Crypto," 15 Apr. 2021 Some two thousand scientists and enthusiasts in more than sixty countries endorsed the white paper. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "The Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Iconic Telescope," 29 Mar. 2021 According to the white paper, mass market chains used the Covid-19 pandemic to leverage their market share and supply agreements to get first dibs on household essentials, effectively locking many competitors out of the supply chains. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, "Why The Grocery Industry Is Concerned By Mass Consolidation," 18 Mar. 2021 Try a putting white paper on your desk to reflect light up onto your face. Ellevate, Forbes, "Stand Out On Zoom By Thinking Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Action," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of white paper

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2021

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“White paper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20paper. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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