white paper

[hwahyt pey-per, wahyt for 1; hwahyt-pey-per, wahyt for 2–4]
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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white paper
(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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Computing Dictionary

white paper definition

A short treatise whose purpose is to educate industry customers. See, e.g., Architecture Neutral Distribution Format.

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Example sentences
Labour has done its bit in this week's rural white paper to show that it cares
  about the countryside.
Other goals, which the government has outlined in a white paper, are even more
The secret: leveraging the fluorescence already present in white paper.
At each place setting was a commemorative bronze medallion wrapped in white
  paper and pink ribbon.
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