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Boycott

The conscious refusal to buy products from a certain company or country. Boycotts are often organized on a large scale in an attempt to influence the behavior of companies or countries. Very often, boycotts are ethical or political.

boycott

  1. the withholding of supplies of products to a trader by a producer because the trader is, for example, in breach of CONTRACT or the trader is selling the products as LOSS LEADERS. See REFUSAL TO SUPPLY.
  2. the cessation of INTERNATIONAL TRADE, wholly or in part, with a particular country by other countries.

boycott

  1. 1the withholding of supplies of GOODS from a distributor by a producer or producers in order to force that distributor to resell those goods only on terms specified by the producer. In the past, boycotts were often used as a means of enforcing RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE.
  2. the prohibition of certain imports or exports, or a complete ban on INTERNATIONAL TRADE with a particular country by other countries.
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They did not want the incumbent, yet, they boycotted the chance to shove him out.
Although the individual self-interest may be buried in favor of the group interest (if individuals participate in a boycott to fulfill solely the collective interest of the group), an individual can also pursue his/her own self-interest at the same time if there is cost associated with his/her consumption of the boycotted products if such products are harmful.
But when I read that the school, where I am scheduled to give a paid speech next month, was being boycotted by one scholar because it expels Mormon students who leave the church, I had to wonder: Ought I do the same?
Consumers upset by the cost of food, boycotted cottage cheese -- an act that grew into the mass social protest in the summer of 2011.
It says we [reformists] have boycotted the elections.
Macedonian-language classes in the first grade were boycotted Wednesday in almost all schools from Lipkovo to Struga, which ethnic Albanians go to.
"The Egyptian economy will be hurt as much as other economies of the boycotted countries."
As Israel's deputy ambassador in London noted, "the last time that Jews were boycotted in universities was in 1930s Germany." In the end, the boycott was aborted, citing a need to protect academic freedom, and to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
At school, we boycotted music lessons until the teacher stopped shouting at us and sending his false teeth flying across the room, and we boycotted Latin lessons until another teacher stopped beating us with a cricket bat if we didn't score enough marks in the weekly tests, which we didn't.
Through the efforts of more than two dozen local coalitions and national networks, nearly 100 municipalities and institutional investors have boycotted the bonds, including the cities of San Francisco, Boulder, and Milwaukee; international labor unions such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Postal Workers Union, and the Service Employees International Union, as well as numerous locals throughout the country; and 31 religious communities.