deacquisition

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

de- +‎ acquisition

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌdiːækwɪˈzɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

deacquisition (countable and uncountable, plural deacquisitions)

  1. Deselection, weeding, getting rid of things previously acquired.
  2. The selling off of something previously acquired.
  • 2009 June 23, Robin Pogrebin, “Institutions Try to Slow Bill to Curb Sales of Art”, New York Times:
    Although the Board of Regents already has rules governing deacquisition by the cultural institutions it oversees, “these regulations go further,” James C. Dawson, chairman of the Regents’ cultural education committee, said.