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[dis-i-stab-lish] /ˌdɪs ɪˈstæb lɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to deprive of the character of being established; cancel; abolish.
to withdraw exclusive state recognition or support from (a church).
Origin of disestablish
1590-1600; dis-1 + establish
Related forms
disestablishment, noun
undisestablished, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disestablishment
  • They foreshadow the claim of dissent for the achievement of equality by the way of disestablishment.
  • The disestablishment of our present professional structure could begin with the dropping out of the schoolteacher.
  • Genetic testing has also contributed to an unanticipated increase in disestablishment actions.
  • Excluding a father, either bio or legal, is not considered disestablishment while paternity is still a rebuttable presumption.
  • It provides for the proper establishment and disestablishment of paternity using genetic testing.
British Dictionary definitions for disestablishment


(transitive) to deprive (a church, custom, institution, etc) of established status
Derived Forms
disestablishment, noun
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