[dee-pawr-tey-shuhn, -pohr-]
the lawful expulsion of an undesired alien or other person from a state.
an act or instance of deporting.

1585–95; < Latin dēportātiōn- (stem of dēportātiō), equivalent to dēportāt(us) (past participle of dēportāre; see deport, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

nondeportation, noun
prodeportation, adjective Unabridged
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deportation (ˌdiːpɔːˈteɪʃən)
1.  the act of expelling an alien from a country; expulsion
2.  the act of transporting someone from his country; banishment

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from L. deporationem, noun of action from deportare (see deport).
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expulsion by executive agency of an alien whose presence in a country is deemed unlawful or detrimental. Deportation has often had a broader meaning, including exile, banishment, and the transportation of criminals to penal settlements

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Example sentences
In addition, it eliminates the right to apply for a waiver of deportation.
The program has been in jeopardy because of economic sanctions, raising
  concerns about the possible deportation of the students.
But so far bison have been reprieved from deportation.
From her family's deportation to her liberation, the entire ordeal only lasted
  a little over a year.
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