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[dis-in-vest-muh nt] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈvɛst mənt/
the withdrawal of invested funds or the cancellation of financial aid, subsidies, or investment plans, as in a property, neighborhood, or foreign country.
Origin of disinvestment
1935-40; disinvest + -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • disinvestment is not always the right way or method of doing things.
  • In general, the housing in this neighborhood suffers from disinvestment.
  • Population loss is often regarded as a proxy for disinvestment in an area.
  • Demolitions along the right-of-way continued the work that disinvestment had started.
  • We believe it will help contribute to more economic disinvestment in lower income neighborhoods, thus increasing poverty.
Word Origin and History for disinvestment

1938, first recorded in writings of J.M. Keynes, from dis- + investment. The verb disinvest in this sense is a back-formation attested from 1961. Related: Disinvested; disinvesting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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