de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce deportation (audio) , -pər- \

Definition of deportation

1 : an act or instance of deporting
2 : the removal from a country of an alien whose presence is unlawful or prejudicial

Examples of deportation in a Sentence

the deportation of the Jews from Spain in 1492
Recent Examples on the Web Hartford entered into a contract with New Haven Legal Assistance, which already had experience representing people facing deportation. Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant, 10 Apr. 2022 Meave Vazquez faces deportation if he is ever released. Kc Baker,, 14 Mar. 2022 The Haitians who swam ashore were taken to U.S. Border Patrol stations for processing, CBP said, and would face deportation. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 Sandra Bullock plays a pushy boss who forces her young assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. Ben Flanagan |, al, 11 Feb. 2022 After a party bus cleanup takes a turn for the worse Garrett (Oliver Hudson) forces Thony (Elodie Yung) to choose between her loyalty to Arman (Adan Canto) and helping Fiona (Martha Millan) avoid deportation in this new episode. Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 Novak Djokovic, the world's No. 1-ranked tennis player, flew out of Australia on Sunday after losing his appeal to avoid deportation and play in the Australian Open. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2022 Novak Djokovic left Australia late Saturday night, officially putting an end to his legal battle to avoid deportation and dashing the unvaccinated tennis star’s hopes of playing in the Australian Open. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2022 Dealing with all these bad experiences and then arriving in Texas to face deportation is worse than death. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deportation

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce deportation (audio) \

Kids Definition of deportation

: the removal from a country of a person who is not a citizen


de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpōr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce deportation (audio) \

Legal Definition of deportation

: an act or instance of deporting specifically : the removal from a country of an alien whose presence is illegal or detrimental to the public welfare — compare exclusion

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