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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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 Switching to Blink is seen as the easier way to break the Windows 10 dependence, and so not only will Edge's release cycle be decoupled from Windows 10's, Microsoft will also make the new Edge available on Windows 7 and macOS. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium," 6 Dec. 2018 The program did the world a favor by decoupling the civilian signal, called L2C, from the OCX deployment. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 Browsing in person and ordering online later is nothing new, but Warby Parker deliberately decoupled the retail experience from purchase completely. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 Lawmakers could take several actions to stop the unintended local tax hikes, such as decoupling the local personal exemption from the federal exemption and introducing a child tax credit, the chief financial officer said. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Nearly half of D.C. taxpayers would pay more in city taxes after federal overhaul," 27 Feb. 2018 As a result, Microsoft is bringing Edge to Windows 7 and Windows 8, decoupling it from being exclusive to Windows 10. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac," 6 Dec. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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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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