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Meaning of white list

white' list"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a list of novels, motion pictures, etc., deemed suitable for juveniles, members of a particular faith, or other specified groups of individuals.
  2. a list of persons thought by a business concern to be qualified or otherwise suitable for employment.
  3. a list of individuals, organizations, etc., having security clearance from government officials.
  4. a list of business establishments approved for patronage because of hiring practices, religious or political affiliations, etc.
  5. a list kept by a labor union, containing the names of employers who maintain working conditions approved by the union. Cf.
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