[dis-in-vest-muh nt]


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

Origin of disinvestment

First recorded in 1935–40; disinvest + -ment
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Related Words for disinvestment

divestment, dispossession, privation, divesture

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