dis·​in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion ˌdis-ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce disintermediation (audio)
: the diversion of savings from accounts with low fixed interest rates to direct investment in high-yielding instruments
: the elimination of an intermediary in a transaction between two parties
disintermediate verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the case of cybersecurity, disintermediation connects every threat discovery directly to the specific fixers, with the security team acting as the enabler rather than the gatekeeper. Yoran Sirkis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 With a disintermediation approach, rather than having each of the myriad security alerts go through an unwieldy pipeline, each anomaly that arises can instead be sent directly to the relevant developers. Yoran Sirkis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Advances in how data is handled are a great example of how technology strides in one area contribute to the kind of technology breakthroughs that enable disintermediation. John Dillon, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Digital music is a rare example of service sector disintermediation with concomitant price declines. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2022 The disintermediation of entertainment With the advent of direct-to-consumer streaming services, millennials and Gen Z are hungry for standalone sports subscriptions. Steve Murray, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2022 From art to concert tickets, this independent verification opens up the potential for new markets and platform disintermediation. Alison Mccauley, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 But the disintermediation of social media didn’t really put the power in the hands of individuals. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 One of them, disintermediation, is gaining steam and seems poised to disrupt a huge swath of industries, most immediately media and entertainment. Roger Lee, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disintermediation was in 1967

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Cite this Entry

“Disintermediation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disintermediation. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Legal Definition


dis·​in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion dis-ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce disintermediation (audio)
: the diversion of savings from accounts with low fixed interest rates to direct investment in high-yielding instruments

from the investor's bypassing of the intermediate institution

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