demonetize

verb de·mon·e·tize \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmä-nə-ˌtīz , -ˈmə- \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of demonetize

1 : to stop using (a metal) as a monetary standard
2 : to deprive of value for official payment

demonetization

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌmä-nə-tə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌmə-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of demonetize

French démonétiser, from dé- de- + Latin moneta coin — more at mint


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