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[dih-ves-ti-cher, -choo r, dahy-] /dɪˈvɛs tɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər, daɪ-/
the act of divesting.
the state of being divested.
something, as property or investments, that has been divested:
to reexamine the company's acquisitions and divestitures.
Also, divesture
[dih-ves-cher, -choo r, dahy-] /dɪˈvɛs tʃər, -tʃʊər, daɪ-/ (Show IPA)
. the sale of business holdings or part of a company, especially under legal compulsion.
Origin of divestiture
1595-1605; di-2 + (in)vestiture Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for divestment
  • He flushes the tractor company's check down the toilet in a rapture of righteous divestment.
  • Some divestment bills have also been challenged in court.
  • Follow the hyperlink below for the full divestment story.
  • The divestment movement has garnered a dedicated and vast following, with nearly unanimous and consistent public support.
  • Retirement does not require divestment of ownership.
  • If the divestment has been reported timely you would close her case using adverse action logic.
Word Origin and History for divestment



c.1600, from divest on analogy of investiture. Economics sense is from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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divestment in Culture
divestiture [(deye-ves-tuh-chuhr, deye-ves-tuh-choor)]

The act of a corporation or conglomerate in getting rid of a subsidiary company or division. In a tactic to pressure South Africa to end apartheid, during the 1980s many Americans and Europeans urged divestiture on corporations doing business in South Africa.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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