Boycott definition

boikŏt
To refuse to buy, sell, or use.

To boycott a newspaper.

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To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, dealing with, or participating in as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion.

Boycott a business; boycott merchants; boycott buses; boycott an election.

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To engage in a boycott. See also picketing and strike.
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To abstain, either as an individual or group, from using, buying, or dealing with someone or some organization as an expression of protest.
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The act or an instance of boycotting.
noun
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The act of boycotting.
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A surname​.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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A concerted refusal of consumers to purchase the products or services of a business to indicate displeasure with the manufacturer, seller, or provider of the product.
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To join together in refusing to deal with, so as to punish, coerce, etc.
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An act or instance of boycotting.
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A concerted refusal of a group of competing businesses to conduct commercial transactions with a company with whom they would otherwise do business. Such boycotts are illegal under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
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A union-organized boycott of an employer with which the union’s membership have a labor dispute. For example, a union involved in a dispute over wages with a business may encourage customers not to buy that company’s products.
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A boycott of a targeted company’s customers or suppliers with whom the boycotters have no direct dispute to compel those customers and suppliers to refrain from doing business with the targeted company. Such boycotts are illegal under the Taft-Hartley Act if organized by a union.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
boycott
Plural:
boycotts

Origin of boycott

  • After Charles C. Boycott (1832–1897), English land agent in Ireland

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary