de·​cer·​ti·​fy | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈsər-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce decertify (audio) \
decertified; decertifying; decertifies

Definition of decertify

transitive verb

: to withdraw or revoke the certification of

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decertification \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌsər-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce decertify (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web The state became a focus of Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to upend Biden’s victory, with Georgia’s Republican governor and secretary of state refusing the then-president’s requests to decertify the election results. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Republicans in key battlegrounds push to tighten voting rules in wake of Trump's defeat," 31 Jan. 2021 Throughout last year, the company was a hub for organizing protests against government lockdowns related to covid-19 — including when armed militias entered the Capitol in Michigan — and for other pro-Trump rallies to decertify election results. Washington Post, "Facebook’s Sandberg deflects blame for Capitol riot even as new evidence shows it played a pivotal role," 13 Jan. 2021 Powell has also filed a lawsuit seeking an order to decertify the election results in the state. Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Trump's failing, monthlong fight against election," 3 Dec. 2020 Of that, nearly $500,000 went to Republicans, including some who voted to decertify the election results, such as Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. al, "US Chamber of Commerce may cut political donations after riot," 13 Jan. 2021 Already, judges in Georgia and Michigan have harshly rebuked lawsuits asking them to decertify their state's results, per the Washington Post. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Joe Biden has secured enough electors from certified results to be elected president," 10 Dec. 2020 Mello, chair of the POST Council, said the recommendations reflect the current practice of the council when considering whether to decertify an officer. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Police accountability task force rejects mandatory decertification for officers convicted of felonies and drug offenses," 29 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday, December 16, Maxwell reacted with joy at the news that California had finally moved to decertify its out-of-state facilities and bring its youth home. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Here comes the second vaccine," 21 Dec. 2020 Even in liberal Massachusetts, five GOP candidates who lost their races filed a federal lawsuit Monday trying to decertify the state's election results, recycling claims about irregularities and voting machines. Star Tribune, "'A new movement': Trump's false claims take hold in states," 8 Dec. 2020

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
de·​cer·​ti·​fy | \ dē-ˈsər-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce decertify (audio) \
decertified; decertifying

Legal Definition of decertify

: to withdraw or revoke the certification of decertified the class action suit especially : to withdraw the certification of (a labor union) as a collective bargaining agent petitions to decertify the union

Note: The National Labor Relations Board will decertify a union after an election in which the majority of members do not support the union or after participation in an illegal strike.

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decertification \ dē-​ˌsər-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce decertify (audio) \ noun

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