declassify

[ dee-klas-uh-fahy ]
/ diˈklæs əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), de·clas·si·fied, de·clas·si·fy·ing.

to remove the classification from (information, a document, etc.) that restricts access in terms of secrecy, confidentiality, etc.Compare classification(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. declare war on,
  2. declared,
  3. declarer,
  4. declass,
  5. declasse,
  6. declension,
  7. declensional,
  8. declensionally,
  9. declinable,
  10. declinate

Origin of declassify

First recorded in 1860–65; de- + classify

Related formsde·clas·si·fi·a·ble, adjectivede·clas·si·fi·ca·tion [dee-klas-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /diˌklæs ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for declassification

declassify

/ (diːˈklæsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to release (a document or information) from the security list
Derived Formsdeclassifiable, adjectivedeclassification, noun

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Word Origin and History for declassification

declassify

v.

1865, originally a term in logic; with reference to state secrets, 1946; from de- + classify. Related: Declassification; declassified; declassifying.

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