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Definitions for NIMBYusu. ˈnɪm bi

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  1. NIMBY(noun)

    someone who objects to siting something in their own neighborhood but does not object to it being sited elsewhere; an acronym for not in my backyard


  1. nimby(Noun)

    Someone who objects to the building of an undesirable structure in their neighborhood, especially in public policy debate.

  2. nimby(Adjective)

    Not wanting to have to deal with unpleasant or distasteful things near them.

    Their vote against measures to help refugees has been perceived by the socially conscious margin of society as a typically nimby attitude.

  3. Origin: Coined 1980 in UK by Emilie Travel Livezey, popularized by British politician , who was Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment.


  1. NIMBY

    NIMBY, or Nimby, is a pejorative characterization of opposition by residents to a proposal for a new development because it is close to them, often with the connotation that such residents believe that the developments are needed in society but should be further away. Opposing residents themselves are sometimes called Nimbies. Projects likely to be opposed include but are not limited to homeless shelters, tall buildings, chemical plants, industrial parks, military bases, wind turbines, desalination plants, landfills, incinerators, power plants, prisons, pubs, adult entertainment establishments, mobile telephone network masts, legal abortion clinics, toxic waste dumps, youth hostels, wind farms, sports stadiums, strip malls, housing developments, freight railway, highways, airports, and seaports. The NIMBY concept may also apply more generally to people who advocate some proposal, but oppose implementing it in a way that would require sacrifice on their part.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of NIMBY in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of NIMBY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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