de·​in·​dus·​tri·​al·​i·​za·​tion (ˌ)dē-in-ˌdə-strē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce deindustrialization (audio)
: the reduction or destruction of a nation's or region's industrial capacity
deindustrialize verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web All the off balance-sheet costs of deindustrialization, whether economic, societal, or otherwise, at once are being realized and companies all over the world are scrambling to pay their tab. Prince Ghosh, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 The rapid deindustrialization after the collapse of the Soviet Union made meeting reduction targets a nearly foregone conclusion. David Carlin, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 In 1970, the Great Migration drew to a close as deindustrialization took hold, leading to the end of Black manufacturing jobs that would never return. Tiffany Cusaac-smith, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2022 Hope remains in Cleveland’s mostly-Black East Side that the new Black mayor can deliver change to a city that has struggled to climb out of the depths of white flight and deindustrialization. Emmanuel Felton, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 As wild swings in energy prices and persistent supply-chain troubles threaten Europe with what some economists warn could be a new era of deindustrialization, Washington has unveiled a raft of incentives for manufacturing and green energy. David Uberti, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 White flight, redlining, deindustrialization, and municipal neglect begat a violent drug trade. Chris Pomorski, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 The radical tax cuts, hostility toward labor, and deregulation that marked the 1980s facilitated the rapid deindustrialization of American cities and the rise of finance and services as the motors of economic life in the United States. Kim Phillips-fein, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, deindustrialization was sapping a thousand Putnams of their economic bases, cohesiveness and aesthetic aspirations. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deindustrialization was in 1940

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“Deindustrialization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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