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 The rotten seed of America’s disinvestment in child care has finally sprouted, and without a new, permanent source of public funding, the sector is likely to crash and pull working families down with it. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 But Dean also urged lawmakers to adequately fund Minnesota State's budget request, noting that disinvestment in higher education over the past two decades has contributed to rising tuition. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Newark’s comeback from decades of disinvestment had gained significant momentum before the pandemic, with nearly $6 billion of development in the pipeline. Marcus Samuelsson, Fortune, 26 May 2021 Seeking to treat everyone the ‘same’ ignores the historical legacy of disinvestment and deprivation through historical policy and practice of marginalizing and minoritizing communities. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 13 May 2021 But the legacy of the old law remained: 15 years of disinvestment in multilingual staff and programs. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 Yet, in many communities across the country, there is little nostalgia for the pre-pandemic status quo, which for many was defined by housing insecurity, economic disinvestment and limited educational opportunities. Jeremy Bronfman, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 After forty years of disinvestment in our future, that moment is now. Norman Anderson, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Decades of disinvestment in our care infrastructure have taken an unsustainable toll on working families. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of disinvestment

1936, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2021

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“Disinvestment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinvestment. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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