decouple

verb
de·​cou·​ple | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkə-pəl How to pronounce decouple (audio) \
decoupled; decoupling; decouples

Definition of decouple

transitive verb

: to eliminate the interrelationship of : separate

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Examples of decouple in a Sentence

to have a fruitful discussion, we need to decouple fact from opinion

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And, if there was a connection, this suggests something must have changed to decouple the two. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Medical marijuana vs. opioid abuse: New study questions the connection," 13 June 2019 In many cases, NEMs decoupled from their nearest neighbors and remotely synchronized, vibrating in phase with tiny drumheads elsewhere in the ring. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization," 4 Apr. 2019 Some distrust Albania’s judicial system, but the two countries’ bids can be decoupled. The Economist, "The EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia," 12 June 2019 Such theories can only work, Stelle said, if the ghosts somehow decouple from the other particles and keep to themselves. Quanta Magazine, "At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale," 18 Aug. 2014 The first is deciding how far the U.S. is prepared to decouple from China. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 State test scores haven’t actually been required in teacher ratings since the state Board of Regents imposed a temporary moratorium on their use in 2015, but teachers unions repeatedly have rallied, calling for them officially to be decoupled. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York Lawmakers Pass Bill to Drop Student Test Scores From Teacher Reviews," 23 Jan. 2019 Instead of using shims or lubricants to decouple the pad from the caliper, stick the backing plate to the piston or caliper housing, effectively making its mass far larger. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 14 Mar. 2019 There is something innovative in reprogramming diners to decouple fine food from full service. New York Times, "San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work.," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of decouple

1938, in the meaning defined above

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decouple

verb

Financial Definition of decouple

What It Is

Decoupling refers to instances in which security prices behave contrary to normally-occurring correlations.

How It Works

Movements in the price of different securities may be directly or indirectly correlated. In other words, as a given type of security rises in price, the price of another type of security might be expected to fall or also rise depending on its exposure to market dynamics. Decoupling refers to the divergence in securities' expected price behavior vis-à-vis one another.

For instance, the stock and bond prices for a given company generally rise and fall in response to fluctuations in market demand. However, a rise in the price of the stock accompanied by a rise in interest rates causing the market value of the bond to move in the opposite direction would constitute decoupling.

Why It Matters

Investors and analysts rely on security price correlations in order to gauge market trends and help with strategic decisions. Investors and analysts should be aware of discrete changes in market dynamics that might require them to investigate thoroughly such price relationships under certain circumstances.

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