dis·​in·​vest·​ment | \ ˌdis-in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce disinvestment (audio) \

Definition of disinvestment

: consumption of capital also : the withdrawing of investment

Examples of disinvestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the New York City neighborhood had also been scarred by poverty, disinvestment, dilapidated housing and tenements, and tense relations between residents and the largely white police force. National Geographic, "How will the protests end? History tells us much depends on how government responds," 12 June 2020 Long, hot summers’ African Americans living in north Minneapolis in the 1960s faced the same problems of segregation, poverty and disinvestment that blacks in other American cities endured. Rashad Shabazz, The Conversation, "Minneapolis’ ‘long, hot summer’ of ‘67 – and the parallels to today’s protests over police brutality," 5 June 2020 Part of the reason: decades of disinvestment in such systems, said Annelies Goger of the Brookings Institution. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'I'm not getting by': Frustrated Indiana residents wait weeks for unemployment payments," 17 May 2020 Nicholas Freudenberg, a distinguished professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, told Quartz the trends that led to this disinvestment in public health—in academia and outside—are decades old. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Underfunded public health schools say a lot about the US response to Covid-19," 7 May 2020 Carmen Rubio: Housing instability and homelessness are the result of decades of federal disinvestment in affordable housing, mental health, and substance abuse supports, a growing income gap and a destructive presidential administration. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 1 candidates explain if they feel the city is doing enough to address housing, homelessness," 24 Apr. 2020 Since 2013, the average quarterly disinvestment has averaged about 5 billion pounds, according to the ONS. Washington Post, "How $5 Trillion Took Fright at Overseas Stocks," 20 Sep. 2019 Faced with a crisis of falling tax revenues, India’s Narendra Modi government is trying to bridge the shortfall through disinvestments. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "IRCTC’s market debut will test investors’ faith in Modi government’s handling of the economy," 30 Sep. 2019 The early wave of disproportionate black deaths was hastened by Trumpian malfeasance, but the deaths to come are the predictable outcome of decades of disinvestment and institutional neglect. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Black Plague," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of disinvestment

1936, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2020

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“Disinvestment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinvestment. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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