dis·​in·​vest·​ment ˌdis-in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce disinvestment (audio)
: consumption of capital
also : the withdrawing of investment

Examples of disinvestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Englewood’s small businesses suffered after the Great Depression, and redlining, White flight and disinvestment led to a decline in property values. Ashley R. Williams, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 Those victims were made vulnerable by disinvestment in Milwaukee’s central city, Jackson said during his visit. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 That includes systemic discrimination and disinvestment in low-income communities and communities of color that are already burdened by disparities, the report says. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 But as disinvestment and white flight took hold in Philadelphia's working class-neighborhoods, many Jewish people moved out of the city and into suburban towns. Phaedra Trethan, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 For decades following the 1968 riots, the H Street corridor languished amid chronic disinvestment and the crack epidemic that ravaged surrounding communities. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Too many communities still desperately require significant economic development and infrastructure needs to successfully overcome decades of disinvestment, and this too must be a priority. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Experts and advocates point to numerous possible reasons for this inequity, ranging from culturally biased exam content to systemic disinvestment in communities of color. Grace Rubenstein, STAT, 18 Jan. 2024 But there are vast distinctions between the two sides, the residue of disinvestment and white flight by families like Johnson’s. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disinvestment was in 1936

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“Disinvestment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinvestment. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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