dis·​in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion | \ ˌdis-ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce disintermediation (audio) \

Definition of disintermediation

1 : the diversion of savings from accounts with low fixed interest rates to direct investment in high-yielding instruments
2 : the elimination of an intermediary in a transaction between two parties

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Other Words from disintermediation

disintermediate \ ˌdis-​ˌin-​tər-​ˈmē-​dē-​ˌāt How to pronounce disintermediate (audio) \ verb

Examples of disintermediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world is now shifting where there’s some sort of digital disintermediation of the customer. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 In the longer term insurers face a more fundamental challenge: disintermediation. The Economist, "Insurance and the gig economy," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disintermediation

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disintermediation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disintermediation. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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dis·​in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion | \ dis-ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce disintermediation (audio) \

Legal Definition of disintermediation

: the diversion of savings from accounts with low fixed interest rates to direct investment in high-yielding instruments

History and Etymology for disintermediation

from the investor's bypassing of the intermediate institution

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