Nimby definition

nĭmbē
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Opposition by nearby residents to a proposed building project, esp. a public one, as being hazardous, unsightly, etc.
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(usually pejorative) Someone who objects to the building of an undesirable structure in their neighborhood, especially in public policy debate.

Politically correct green (as in vegetation) nimbies (may object to nuclear power plants, polluting factories, etc.)

Socially conservative brown (as in shirts) nimbies (may object to the building of jails, prisons, housing for ex-convicts, drinking or adult entertainment establishments)

Fiscally conservative green (as in money) nimbies (may object to the building of anything which may decrease preexisting property values)

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One who objects to a project, especially one intended for the benefit of the public, such as a school or landfill, being sited near one's residence.
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A person who opposes such a project.
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(chiefly US) Not In My BackYard.
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Not wanting to have to deal with unpleasant or distasteful things near them.

Their vote against measures to help refugees has been perceived by the socially conscious margin of society as a typically nimby attitude.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nimby
Plural:
nimbies, nimbys

Adjective

Base Form:
nimby
Comparative:
nimbier
Superlative:
nimbiest

Origin of nimby

  • n(ot) i(n) m(y) b(ack) y(ard)

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