Definition of opt-out in US English:

opt-out

noun

  • An instance of choosing not to participate in something.

    ‘opt-outs from key parts of the treaty’
    • ‘Major may have succeeded in obtaining opt-outs from the single currency and the social chapter, but agreed to the fundamental changes in the balance of powers between the community institutions.’
    • ‘The following year a referendum approved a modified version of the agreement with four opt-outs negotiated by the government, including exclusion from the single currency zone and joint defence proposals.’
    • ‘There will be a huge row later this year when the opt-out, which was negotiated by the Conservative Government a decade ago, will be reviewed by the European Commission.’
    • ‘The Irish opt-out is therefore essentially meaningless because this tax will still hit people trying to travel into Ireland, including Irish people returning from abroad.’
    • ‘There are so many issues that the opt-out has been put on the back burner.’
    • ‘Under the opt-out negotiated by John Major at Maastricht in 1992, we stood on the sidelines preferring, as John Major put it, to ‘wait and see’.’
    • ‘Premier Chang vows not to invoke national security opt-outs to discriminate against Chinese products.’
    • ‘You also need to track consent and opt-outs to make sure you don't inadvertently contact individuals who've already opted out.’
    • ‘The British government has also indicated it will seek to defend its opt-out, which has existed since the introduction of the 48-hour week in 1993.’
    • ‘On balance, there is something in the contention that a Yes vote means we will have more influence in securing future opt-outs.’
    • ‘The government is sheltering behind these workers, insisting that it can't drop the opt-out because that would effectively mean legislating a pay-cut for 1.6 million workers.’
    • ‘But many African nations do not use the opt-out for lack of legal know-how and because they are ‘under pressure not to do so.’’
    • ‘But as the public backlash grows against the latest opt-outs, some doctors are studying in secret and choosing not to tell their colleagues and patients about the part-time nursing classes.’
    • ‘The case for opt-outs for private insurance is made by this very policy.’
    • ‘Last week the BBC announced that viewers to Newsnight were up by 100,000 since the opt-out was introduced, with many switching on after 11 pm to see the Scottish element.’
    • ‘Most observers believe a Scottish opt-out will not be launched until the switch from terrestrial to digital broadcasting allows viewers to make their own choice of exactly what to watch.’
    • ‘He said that if the Government successfully negotiated the defence opt-out, the leaders of his organisation would not campaign again against the treaty in a new referendum.’
    • ‘It has refused to insist on an opt-out from the European Convention on Human Rights, and refused to acknowledge that its own Human Rights Act has made immigration policy impossible.’
    • ‘Many Conservative policy prescriptions, from both the leadership contenders, would involve Britain seeking opt-outs that the EU may be unwilling or unable to grant.’
    • ‘If you're a legitimate company (like Hormel), and your e-mails have a valid return address, then if you respond to opt-outs you're golden.’

Pronunciation

opt-out

/ˈäp ˌtout//ˈɑp ˌtaʊt/