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

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The mall was an undeniable success, and cities across the country took note, crafting their own entertainment districts meant to revitalize urban cores, which had been abandoned by decades of disinvestment. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Will this PoMo wonderland in San Diego be saved?," 5 June 2019 They were replaced by poor people of color who would be scapegoated as potential criminals and trapped by disinvestment in public schools and other social services into permanent underclass status. Ed Morales, Washington Post, "‘When They See Us’ is a reminder of the racial hysteria that gripped NYC in the 1990s — and that still lingers," 7 June 2019 That requires a true disinvestment from the status quo and a belief in an alternative, whatever that may be. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 The city has also suffered from chronic disinvestment from the state. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Trenton Grieves After a Shooting at Event That Was ‘a Beacon’," 18 June 2018 The city can rightly blame decades of disinvestment by the federal government for the general state of disrepair. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "New York City’s Worst Landlord? It Might Be the City," 13 June 2018 Many of them back the boycott, sanctions and disinvestment campaign against Israel. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Turkey’s Rise Sparks New Friendship Between Israel and Greece," 21 July 2018 Conditions in the city’s public housing projects have deteriorated after years of disinvestment, prompting a federal investigation into health and safety conditions there. WSJ, "NYCHA to Open Land to Developers to Raise $3 Billion for Fixes," 12 Dec. 2018 Race also played an important factor in the disinvestment, said Hilary Botein, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College who has taught the history of Nycha. New York Times, "After Years of Disinvestment, City Public Housing Is Poised to Get U.S. Oversight," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of disinvestment

1936, in the meaning defined above

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