- to remove government regulatory controls from (an industry, a commodity, etc.): to deregulate the trucking industry; to deregulate oil prices.
- to undergo deregulation: Some banks have already started to deregulate.
Origin of deregulate
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Examples from the Web for deregulation
Conservatives get nowhere by demanding “deregulation,” because liberals are correct that most Americans want clean water.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The money crowd got all the deregulation it could realistically hope for.The Religious Right’s Slow-Motion Suicide
September 29, 2014
Under Bill Clinton, he was for consolidation and deregulation.Will Obama Learn the Right Lesson From the Summers Debacle?
September 18, 2013
He was in the Clinton administration in the 1990s and was an advocate for deregulation.The Larry Summers Whodunit: Who Killed His Shot at Running the Fed?
September 15, 2013
Later, GOP-led deregulation nearly destroyed the global economy.Obama’s Economic Triumph
June 4, 2013
- (tr) to remove regulations or controls from
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Word Origin and History for deregulation
1963, back-formation from deregulation. Related: Deregulated; deregulating.
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