- The definition of a boycott is a decision to not use or buy products or services in order to show support for a cause.
An example of a boycott is not buying paper products made with rainforest wood to protest deforestation.
- To boycott is to not use or buy a product or service in order to show support for a cause.
An example of to boycott is to not buy paper that isn’t made from recycled paper.
- to join together in refusing to deal with, so as to punish, coerce, etc.
- to refuse to buy, sell, or use: to boycott a newspaper
Origin of boycottafter Capt. C. C. Boycott, land agent ostracized by his neighbors during the Land League agitation in Ireland in 1880
transitive verbboy·cott·ed, boy·cott·ing, boy·cotts
Origin of boycottAfter Charles C. Boycott, (1832–1897), English land agent in Ireland.
(third-person singular simple present boycotts, present participle boycotting, simple past and past participle boycotted)
- The act of boycotting
From Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, an English evicting land agent in Ireland who was subject to a boycott organized by the Irish Land League in 1880.
- A surname.
boycott - Investment & Finance Definition
An agreement among competitors to not have any dealings with a person, company, or organization. A boycott can violate the law if it is used to force another party to pay higher prices or in any way restrict competition. If boycotts are launched to prevent a company from entering a market, they are illegal. Often boycotts are used by consumer or social action groups to prompt a company to change its behavior or policies that are deemed harmful to the group.
boycott - Legal Definition
- A concerted action by two or more individuals or entities to avoid commercial dealings with a business or to induce others to take the same action. This may include the refusal to work for the business and to purchase or distribute the company’s products. While peaceful boycotts are generally legal, boycotts that use coercion or intimidation to prevent others from dealing with the targeted business are not.
- To engage in a boycott. See also picketing and strike.