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[ri-moo-vuh l]
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  1. the act of removing.
  2. change of residence, position, etc.
  3. dismissal, as from an office.
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Origin of removal

First recorded in 1590–1600; remove + -al2
Related formspre·re·mov·al, noun
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  1. the act of removing or state of being removed
    1. a change of residence
    2. (as modifier)a removal company
  2. dismissal from office
  3. Southern African the forced displacement of a community for political or social reasons
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Word Origin and History for removal


1590s; see remove (v.) + -al (2).

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