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[dee-pawr-tey-shuh n, -pohr-]
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  1. the lawful expulsion of an undesired alien or other person from a state.
  2. an act or instance of deporting.
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Origin of deportation

1585–95; < Latin dēportātiōn- (stem of dēportātiō), equivalent to dēportāt(us) (past participle of dēportāre; see deport, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·de·por·ta·tion, nounpro·de·por·ta·tion, adjective
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Related Words for deportation

expulsion, eviction, displacement, extradition, removal, exile, expatriation, ostracism, transportation, relegation

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British Dictionary definitions for deportation


  1. the act of expelling an alien from a country; expulsion
  2. the act of transporting someone from his country; banishment
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Word Origin and History for deportation


1590s, from Middle French déportation, from Latin deporationem (nominative deportatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deportare (see deport).

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