|existing or operating below the threshold of consciousness; being or employing stimuli insufficiently intense to produce a discrete sensation but often being or designed to be intense enough to influence the mental processes or the behavior of the individ|
|1.||(tr) to refuse to have dealings with (a person, organization, etc) or refuse to buy (a product) as a protest or means of coercion: to boycott foreign produce|
|2.||an instance or the use of boycotting|
|[C19: after Captain C. C. Boycott (1832--97), Irish land agent for the Earl of Erne, County Mayo, Ireland, who was a victim of such practices for refusing to reduce rents]|
The refusal to purchase the products of an individual, corporation, or nation as a way to bring social and political pressure for change.