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A lawful concerted attempt by a group of people to express displeasure with, or obtain concessions from, a particular person or company by refusing to do business with them. An unlawful attempt that is prohibited by the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.), to adversely affect a company through threat, coercion, or intimidation of its employees, or to prevent others from doing business with said company. A practice utilized in labor disputes whereby an organized group of employees bands together and refrains from dealing with an employer, the legality of which is determined by applicable provisions of statutes governing labor-management relations.

A classic example of this is a consumer boycott whereby a group of customers refuses to purchase a particular product in order to indicate their dissatisfaction with excessive prices or the offensive actions of a particular manufacturer or producer.


Labor Law.


n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a store to damage the producer or merchant monetarily, to influence its policy, and/or to attract attention to a social cause. Labor unions and their sympathizers have boycotted lettuce and grapes not picked by union farm workers, and civil rights activists have boycotted stores and restaurants that had "white only" hiring policies. The term is named for Captain Charles C. Boycott, a notorious land agent, whose neighbors ostracized him during Ireland's Land League rent wars in the 1880's. Boycotts are not illegal in themselves, unless there are threats or violence involved. A "secondary" boycott, which boycotts those who do business with the primary target of the boycotters, is an unfair labor practice under Federal and state laws. (See: secondary boycott)


noun abstention from buying, abstention from using, avoidance, ban, banning, black-listing, debarring, embargo, exclusion, ostracism, refusal to do business, rejection, shunning, strike, withholding of patronage
Associated concepts: primary boycott, secondary boycott
See also: ban, condemn, disapprove, eschew, exclude, exclusion, ignore, picket, proscription, reject, shun, strike
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2,3) Taxpayers who had operations in a boycotting country were required to reduce the amount of foreign trade income qualifying for the extraterritorial income exclusion, even if they did not participate in a boycott.
Khatami told a gathering, "We [reformists] have given the arena to boycotting groups.
Aa There are also numerous groups calling for the boycotting of Israeli products specifically, 'Boycott Israeli Goods' has nearly 3,000 members and you can find names of common Israeli brands.
I'm also boycotting Rock Of Gibraltar (unpleasant memories of the 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile), Sadler's Wells (too old), Danehill (too dead), and Xaar (I just think the name's a bit silly).
Parnell made a speech suggesting they force Boycott to give way by, well, boycotting him.
Geoffrey Levey, "Why Ghassan should be boycotting John who should be spurning Ned," Arena Magazine, 66, August-September 2003, pp.
A basic tenet of media relations is to keep open channels of communication--even if those channels are full of turbulence--but the Public Relations Society of America has chosen to ignore that advice in boycotting longtime PRSA watchdog Jack O'Dwyer's Newsletter, "The Inside News of Public Relations.
Today his organization urges boycotting Disney for its employee policy of giving health benefits to same-sex partners and for its production of various films disliked by the religious right.
cities and the state of Massachusetts are boycotting any company that does business in Burma.
Perhaps the best thing for consumers to do is to try to stay aware of the boycotts and worker campaigns that are undertaken and to write manufacturers and department stores and tell them what products they are boycotting and why.
A second example of boycotting by retail stores occurred in 1992, when some merchants, unhappy with the fees charged by American Express, instigated a boycott and reportedly led the company to modify its fee structure.