de·​ac·​ces·​sion | \ ˌdē-ik-ˈse-shən How to pronounce deaccession (audio) , -ak- \
deaccessioned; deaccessioning; deaccessions

Definition of deaccession

transitive verb

: to sell or otherwise dispose of (an item in a collection) the museum deaccessioned several paintings

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Other Words from deaccession

deaccession noun

Examples of deaccession in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art deaccessioned a painting by Mark Rothko gifted to the museum by Peggy Guggenheim and used the proceeds to make the collections more diverse. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Essential Arts: Spanish art at the San Diego Museum of Art is looking golden," 29 June 2019 One area of concern could be whether the university is violating the intents of any donors or funders by selling the 46 works of art deaccessioned by the museum and consigned to Christie’s. Stephan Salisbury,, "Pa. attorney general reviewing La Salle plan to sell museum art," 16 Mar. 2018 The book covers came from the library of the African American Studies department at the University of California, Berkeley, which was deaccessioning obsolete items. Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 12 Jan. 2017 The traditional quilter’s resourcefulness in repurposing scraps resonates as well with the artist’s own use of old, unwanted films (many of them deaccessioned by the Fashion Institute of Technology). Leah Ollman,, "Her quilts are made of 16-mm film. Here's what they reveal, frame by frame," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of deaccession

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Deaccession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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