Meaning of “Green Paper” in the English Dictionary

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"Green Paper" in British English

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Green Papernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌɡriːn ˈpeɪ.pər/ us /ˌɡriːn ˈpeɪ.pɚ/

in various countries, a government document that anyone who is interested can study and make suggestions about, especially before a law is changed or a new law is made


(Definition of “Green Paper” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"green paper" in Business English

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green papernoun [ C ]


a document published by a government containing information about a possible new law or changes to an existing law, in order to start a public discussion:

The group criticises the government's green paper for ruling out reform of state pensions.

(Definition of “green paper” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)