[ dis-in-vest-muh nt ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪnˈvɛst mənt /


the withdrawal of invested funds or the cancellation of financial aid, subsidies, or investment plans, as in a property, neighborhood, or foreign country.

Nearby words

  1. disinterested,
  2. disintermediation,
  3. disintoxication,
  4. disinvent,
  5. disinvest,
  6. disinvite,
  7. disinvolvement,
  8. disjasked,
  9. disject,
  10. disjecta membra

Origin of disinvestment

First recorded in 1935–40; disinvest + -ment

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Word Origin and History for disinvestment



1938, first recorded in writings of J.M. Keynes, from dis- + investment. The verb disinvest in this sense is a back-formation attested from 1961. Related: Disinvested; disinvesting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper