de·​in·​dus·​tri·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-in-ˌdə-strē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce deindustrialization (audio) \

Definition of deindustrialization

: the reduction or destruction of a nation's or region's industrial capacity

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deindustrialize \ (ˌ)dē-​in-​ˈdə-​strē-​ə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce deindustrialization (audio) \ verb

Examples of deindustrialization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like many other towns in the North, it has been battered by deindustrialization, and thousands of jobs were lost when the steel complex closed in 2015. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Itand gave audiences a panoramic view of race, crime, punishment and politics in a major American city plagued by deindustrialization. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Flint has experienced decades of white flight, urban decay, and deindustrialization, all of which has turned the once-promising city into a downtrodden and neglected area. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2021 The story of West Lincoln Avenue’s bizarre summer land rush starts with the deindustrialization of the Rust Belt, which had hollowed out Peoria’s once-thriving south end. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021 Since 1995, the city has been in financial distress after decades of deindustrialization and population loss. NBC News, 18 June 2021 For the past few decades, this kind of story—of invention, globalization, and deindustrialization—has been part of the background hum of the American economy. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 15 June 2021 The schools were the pride of the city, one of the poorest in Michigan, depressed for decades by discriminatory housing policies and deindustrialization; as manufacturing jobs began to vanish in the 1960s and ’70s, white families fled in droves. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 3 July 2021 These are economically distressed areas that suffer greatly from the deindustrialization and the collapse of the coal industry as well. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of deindustrialization

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Deindustrialization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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