verb (used with object), dis·serv·iced, dis·serv·ic·ing.
  1. to provide inadequate or faulty service to: Small shippers are most often disserviced by transportation breakdowns.

Origin of disservice

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + service1
Related formsself-dis·serv·ice, noun

Synonyms for disservice

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British Dictionary definitions for disservicing


  1. an ill turn; wrong; injury, esp when trying to help
Derived Formsdisserviceable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disservicing



1590s; see dis- + service. Perhaps formed on analogy of French desservice (16c.).

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