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white paper

[ hwahyt -pey-per, wahyt for 1; hwahyt-pey-per, wahyt for 2-4 ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt ˈpeɪ pər, ˈwaɪt for 1; ˈʰwaɪtˌpeɪ pər, ˈwaɪt for 2-4 /
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noun

paper bleached white.
an official governmental report.
an authoritative report issued by any organization: The TV network presented its white paper on news coverage of major crimes.
an official British government publication on a specific subject prepared by a committee and presented to the House of Commons, usually reporting results of a recent investigation or summarizing policy.

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Origin of white paper

First recorded in 1560–70
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white paper

noun

(often capitals) an official government report in any of a number of countries, including Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, which sets out the government's policy on a matter that is or will come before Parliament
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