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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Recent Examples on the Web The district at the same time also requested that ASAA suspend and revise the suit coverage rule and decertify the official involved. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Swimming official behind controversial Dimond High ‘uniform violation’ will keep certification," 16 Oct. 2019 USA Gymnastics, still reeling from the Larry Nassar scandal, is facing bankruptcy proceedings and an effort by the U.S. Olympic Committee to decertify it as the governing body for the sport in the U.S. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Founders, CEOs, and Moms: The Broadsheet," 14 Aug. 2019 Bipartisan bill would give Congress the power to decertify national governing bodies for Olympic sports., "The domestic season comes to an end, and we say goodbye until 2020: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 July 2019 Employers grew more combative in fighting unions, hiring specialized consultants to help them decertify the organizations. Steven Vogel, Vox, "Why 2020 Democrats need to have a serious debate about policing," 29 July 2019 Following that vote, contract talks lasted for more than a year until drivers decided to decertify the union. Katie Johnston,, "Bus drivers on Martha’s Vineyard are expected to vote on contract Sunday," 28 July 2019 The federation lost all of its major sponsors, the U.S. Olympic Committee wants to decertify the federation as the sport’s governing body, and USA Gymnastics faces dozens of lawsuits from survivors., "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 According to the final ballot tally, workers had voted by a 5 to 1 margin to decertify the union. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Grapes of Union Wrath," 21 Sep. 2018 Amid the changes, USA Gymnastics faces lawsuits from survivors as well as an effort by the U.S. Olympic Committee to decertify USA Gymnastics as the sport’s national governing body. Rachel Axon And Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "USA Gymnastics releases new Safe Sport policy, signals 'next step' to athlete safety," 19 June 2019

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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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