Definition of declaw
: to remove the claws of (an animal, such as a cat) surgically
Examples of declaw in a Sentence
We had our cats declawed.
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WannaCry has been declawed, thanks to the creators’ sloppy coding and a timely move by a British security researcher who goes by the pseudonym MalwareTech.
Why Republicans Want to Declaw the Nation's Consumer Watchdog Supporters of the agency say that’s exactly the point.
Socks is litter trained, neutered and was front declawed before coming to PAWS (not something advocated by the group), and his list of endearing qualities seems never-ending.
Animal-welfare advocates and many veterinarians say declawing involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle and leaves them permanently injured.
Mr. Erdogan came to power in 2002, pledging to declaw the once powerful military.
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Definition of declaw for English Language Learners
: to permanently remove the claws of (a cat)
Medical Definition of declaw
: to remove the claws of (a cat) usually with the nail matrix and all or part of the last bone of the toe
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