NIMBY

noun
\ ˈnim-bē How to pronounce NIMBY (audio) \

Definition of NIMBY

: opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable (such as a prison or incinerator) in one's neighborhood

Other Words from NIMBY

NIMBYism \ ˈnim-​bē-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce NIMBY (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of NIMBY

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for NIMBY

not in my backyard

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“NIMBY.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/NIMBY. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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