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 decertification (audio) \ noun

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Smith, a litigator by trade, responded to the 2011 lockout by decertifying (dissolving) the union and heading to court to challenge it, and was successful at the lower court level. Andrew Brandt,, "The NFL and NFLPA Are Both Posturing When They Could Just Start Negotiating the CBA," 11 June 2019 Blackmun also said the USOC has considered decertifying USA Gymnastics as the national governing body for the sport. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promises independent investigation into sexual abuse," 24 Jan. 2018 Calls for the board to dissolve and the U.S. Olympic Committee to decertify the organization have come from fans, journalists, and survivors. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "USA Gymnastics Faces Calls to Decertify Following Mary Bono Hiring and Resigning," 19 Oct. 2018 The gymnastics federation’s failure to safeguard young girls was graver than financial instability or ineptitude on the playing field, which were reasons the Olympic committee used to decertify other governing bodies. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "Who Has U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Back at This Point? The U.S.O.C., for Some Reason," 19 Jan. 2018 It was triggered by Mr. Trump’s decision in October to decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, indicating his intention to reimpose sanctions. Mark Dubowitz And Richard Goldberg, WSJ, "Iran, Get Ready for the Battle Rial," 21 May 2018 That year, state elections officials stepped in to decertify the results and conducted a review that found 1,650 provisional ballots had been handled incorrectly. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore Mayor Pugh calls for review of Election Day problems at polling places," 27 June 2018 President Trump should rescind EO 10988, decertify the federal employee unions and drain more swamp. WSJ, "Time to Repeal JFK’s Executive Order 10988," 7 June 2018 If Trump does decertify the JCPOA and re-impose sanctions on Iran, the deal is dead. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran Deal," 1 May 2018

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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 decertification (audio) \ noun

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