or de-ac·ces·sion

[ 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.

Origin of deaccession

First recorded in 1970–75; de- + accession Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020