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(intr, adverb often foll by of) to choose not to be involved (in) or part (of)
the act of opting out, esp of local-authority administrationopt-outs by hospitals and schools
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How to use opt out in a sentence
Men may opt out of the discussion rather than risk saying something wrong.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping|Cate Huston, Karen Catlin|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allowing religiously affiliated organizations to opt out of Obamacare, period.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’|Jay Michaelson|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That law encourages doctors to opt out of Medicare—shrinking access to care.How Obamacare Will Screw Black Doctors|Daniela Drake|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cable, you see, would allow viewers to opt out of local broadcast content and thus threaten existing VHF and UHF channels.The FCC Must Ignore the Silly ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates|Nick Gillespie|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the group is informing the community that the trial will happen, so anyone who objects can opt out.New 'Suspended Animation' Procedure Saves Lives by Replacing Blood with a Cold Electrolyte Solution|Elizabeth Lopatto|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other Idioms and Phrases with opt out
Choose not to participate, as in Our school opted out of the state competition. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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