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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for white list
Historical Examples
  • The first step taken to carry out these objects was to prepare a "white list" of stores coming up to a certain standard.

  • 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
  • Upon the breast there is a white list of a triangular shape; and the muzzle is also a dirty yellowish white.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • 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
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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