white-paper

white paper

[hwahyt pey-per, wahyt for 1; hwahyt-pey-per, wahyt for 2–4]
noun
1.
paper bleached white.
2.
an official governmental report.
3.
an authoritative report issued by any organization: The TV network presented its white paper on news coverage of major crimes.
4.
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.

Origin:
1560–70

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n
(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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