dis·​in·​vest·​ment | \ˌdis-in-ˈves(t)-mənt \

Definition of disinvestment 

: consumption of capital also : the withdrawing of investment

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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 The candidate has since come out against the Jewish state and supported organizations that campaign for boycott, disinvestment, and sanctions against Israel. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Socialist NY Senate candidate challenged over claims of being an immigrant, Jewish," 27 Aug. 2018 However, Quicken's success has had an outsized impact on Detroit, which is recovering from decades of disinvestment and a 2013-2014 municipal bankruptcy. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "How Dan Gilbert has made Quicken Loans thrive in mortgage industry," 31 May 2018 Roughly bordered by Lake Michigan on the east, 60th Street on the north, King Drive on the west and 67th Street on the south, Woodlawn has been battered by successive blows of white flight, disinvestment, gang violence and the Great Recession. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The dilemma of development: Will Obama center hurt those it's supposed to help?," 2 Mar. 2018 Deindustrialization and disinvestment hollowed out the city. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint," 3 July 2018 The three Democrats also discussed issues of particular importance to Detroit voters at the forum, including the astronomical cost of auto insurance in the city, race relations and restoring mental health services after years of disinvestment. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Why Democratic candidates for Michigan governor want Detroit votes," 5 July 2018 Even when measured as a percentage of the company’s declining business, the disinvestment is evident. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 Of course, the Obama center is not a panacea for all of the problems caused by the city’s long history of disinvestment in minority communities. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Obama Presidential Center is not only for the South Side," 2 July 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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