re·​clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce reclassification (audio)
plural reclassifications
: the act or process of classifying something again or anew
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said chub populations appear steady enough for a legal reclassification from endangered to threatened.Bruce Finley

Examples of reclassification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today’s action puts the reclassification of weed on a clearer timetable, ranging from several months to a year. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 16 May 2024 His aides boasted that the reclassification would affect more than 50,000 federal workers. TIME, 14 May 2024 The Justice Department’s proposal needs to be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget in order for marijuana reclassification to move forward, according to The Associated Press, which first reported on the proposal. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 This change only impacts the United States, but there are fears that Spotify’s reclassification will have a domino effect worldwide, given other major markets like Australia, Canada, Ireland, U.K. and New Zealand also have audiobooks now included in Spotify premium. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 9 May 2024 Others aren’t so sure the reclassification will make a difference. David A. Lieb, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2024 And Monte cautions that the reclassification itself doesn't mean that cannabis has no health risks. Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, 3 May 2024 What would reclassification mean for Wisconsin? Probably not much, at least at first. Jessie Opoien, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024 There haven’t been many federal prosecutions for simply possessing marijuana in recent years, even under marijuana’s current Schedule I status, but the reclassification wouldn’t have an immediate impact on people already in the criminal justice system. Jennifer Peltz and Lindsay Whitehurst, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reclassification was in 1849

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“Reclassification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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