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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At the same time, a flurry of white papers promised crude-oil exports would not only lower energy prices but also give America an edge over energy titans such as Russia. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 Gratitude and reciprocity are rooted in human and animal evolution, according to a white paper reviewing recent research that was published in May by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "For Couples, Gratitude Is a Boomerang," 12 Oct. 2018 The designer used plain white paper to erect a floral wonderland set for his sleek couture creations, working with the Japanese hairstylist Kamo to create floral headpieces made of paper for each model. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Honor of Beyoncé’s September Cover, the Best Floral Headpieces on the Runway," 7 Aug. 2018 There were no actual policy white papers on domestic issues. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Maybe Republicans Just Don’t Do Policy," 3 July 2018 Some 72 years later, and after more than a dozen commissions, reports and white papers on where to put it, the third runway remains unbuilt. The Economist, "Heathrow’s third runway could be blown off course by pollution," 28 June 2018 Most ICOs were raising money without having an experienced development team or an actual product, just white papers studded with promises. Fortune, "Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise," 28 June 2018 Eloyan also had a hand in the drafting of Universal Recognition Token’s white paper and is listed on URT’s website as a member of the team. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Another Failed Silicon Valley Exec Gets a Crypto Project," 22 June 2018 That's why the white paper doesn't specify any particular landing site or instrument suite — or even what the lander's primary goal would be. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of white paper

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white paper was in 1884

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