dis·​es·​tab·​lish | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈstab-lish How to pronounce disestablish (audio) \
disestablished; disestablishing; disestablishes

Definition of disestablish

transitive verb

: to deprive of an established status especially : to deprive of the status and privileges of an established church

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disestablishment \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈstab-​lish-​mənt How to pronounce disestablish (audio) \ noun

Examples of disestablish in a Sentence

efforts to disestablish the Church of England
Recent Examples on the Web During that period of land theft, though, Congress never took the time to disestablish the Creek reservation. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Neil Gorsuch Affirms That Treaties With Tribal Nations Are the Law," 9 July 2020 When the first case was heard, the justices reached back to 1907 to determine whether Congress, using imprecise language, failed to disestablish the 1866 boundaries of the Indian reservation. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court to decide Native American land dispute in Oklahoma," 13 Dec. 2019 The twin constitutional pillars of religious liberty in the United States — the free-exercise clause and the establishment clause — don’t just protect liberty by disestablishing religion (by preventing the formation of a state church). David French, National Review, "The Words Missing from a New York Times Essay about Religious Liberty," 12 Sep. 2019 The village board voted 5 to 2 in favor of disestablishing the dog park that has divided this Maryland suburb for months. Jessica Contrera, baltimoresun.com, "Controversial dog park that divided this Maryland town will be dismantled," 10 Sep. 2019 It was launched in 1985 and disestablished in 2002 as the Pentagon reorganized in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Washington Post, "Trump officially launches U.S. Space Command in counter to Russia, China threats," 29 Aug. 2019 The Second Fleet was disestablished in 2011 for cost-savings and a changing strategic environment. Ryan Browne, CNN, "US Navy re-establishes Second Fleet amid Russia tensions," 4 May 2018 Did Congress explicitly disestablish the Creek reservation at any point? Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Grisly Murder Case That Could Turn Half of Oklahoma Back Into Tribal Lands," 15 Mar. 2018 Thomas Jefferson had strong views on religion, but his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom disestablished the Church of England and established religious liberty for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, even pagans. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Does America Still Believe in the Right to Be Wrong?," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of disestablish

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disestablish was in 1598

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“Disestablish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disestablish. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disestablish

formal : to take away a particular church's status as the official church of a nation or state

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