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

Other Words from disintermediation

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

Examples of disintermediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The impending disintermediation is not only about payments and payments data. David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 5 June 2021 The world is now shifting where there’s some sort of digital disintermediation of the customer. Eric Johnson, Recode, 17 Dec. 2018 In the longer term insurers face a more fundamental challenge: disintermediation. The Economist, 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 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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