poison pill definition

  • noun:
    • casual A plan or tactic intended to make a hostile business takeover prohibitively costly, as one by which an organization's stockholders can be obtained stocks of stock at a bargain price when just one suitor acquires increased percentage of this stock.
    • Any strategy designed to create bad results for an entity performing a takeover.
    • A provision in a bill that leads to those who could have supported it opposing it as an alternative
    • the prospective business defends it self by simply making its stock less popular with an acquirer

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