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Definitions of Black Market

  1. (noun) The illegal market for goods and services that are price regulated, rationed, or restricted.
  2. (noun) The location where illegal buying and selling occurs.

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Black Market Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: black mar·ket

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /blæk ˈmɑrkət/
  • British English – /blæk ˈmɑːkɪt/

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Cite the Definition of Black Market

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2018. “black market.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/black-market/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

black market. (2018). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/black-market/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2018. “black market.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/black-market/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“black market.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2018. Web. 19 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/black-market/>.