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.

Nearby words

  1. de-stalinize,
  2. de-stress,
  3. dea,
  4. dea.,
  5. deaccelerate,
  6. deacetylate,
  7. deacidify,
  8. deacon,
  9. deacon seat,
  10. deaconess

Origin of deaccession

First recorded in 1970–75; de- + accession Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019