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[hwahyt-list, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌlɪst, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, Also, white list
a list of novels, motion pictures, etc., deemed suitable for juveniles, members of a particular faith, or other specified groups of individuals.
a list of persons thought by a business concern to be qualified or otherwise suitable for employment.
a list of individuals, organizations, etc., having security clearance from government officials.
a list of business establishments approved for patronage because of hiring practices, religious or political affiliations, etc.
a list kept by a labor union, containing the names of employers who maintain working conditions approved by the union.
Digital Technology. a list of email addresses or web addresses that are allowed to pass through a spam filter.
verb (used with object), Also, white-list
to put on a whitelist.
Compare blacklist.
Origin of whitelist
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But they ingeniously evaded this obstacle by publishing a white list of those which treated their people decently and kindly.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • Do you think they will pass up anything good because the store is not on their white list?

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr
  • Upon the breast there is a white list of a triangular shape; and the muzzle is also a dirty yellowish white.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • The first step taken to carry out these objects was to prepare a "white list" of stores coming up to a certain standard.

British Dictionary definitions for white list

white list

a list of countries considered to pose an insignificant threat to human rights, from which applications for political asylum are presumed to be unfounded
  1. a list of websites considered to have inoffensive and acceptable content
  2. a list of e-mail addresses from which a computer will accept mail
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Contemporary definitions for white list

to place an email address or group of addresses on a to-be-filtered list to keep them spam- and virus-free

Word Origin

opposite of blacklist

Usage Note

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