disestablish

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Etymology[edit]

From dis- +‎ establish.

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disestablish (third-person singular simple present disestablishes, present participle disestablishing, simple past and past participle disestablished)

  1. To deprive (an established church) of its official status.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 556:
      Furthermore, disestablishing the Catholic church in February 1795 essentially instituted a free field in religious belief.

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