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[dee-ak-sesh-uh n] /ˌdi ækˈsɛʃ ən/
verb (used with object)
to sell (a work of art) from a museum's or gallery's collections, especially with a view to acquiring funds for the purchase of other works.
verb (used without object)
to deaccession a work of art from a museum's or gallery's collections.
a deaccessioned work of art.
Also, de-accession.
Origin of deaccession
1970-75; de- + accession Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Others survive until overcrowded libraries deaccession and pulp them to make room for fresh publications.
  • Each deaccession records the permanent removal of an object and/or specimen from a museum property collection.
  • Museum property should not be acquired with the intent to deaccession it later.
  • There also may be items missing from the lot that you will have to deaccession.
  • Many hospital and academic medical libraries are making or have already made decisions to deaccession print journal collections.

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