de- + scope. First attested in US military and aerospace contexts.
descope (third-person singular simple present descopes, present participle descoping, simple past and past participle descoped)
- (management, US) To reduce the scope of; to revise objectives downward, sometimes in the context of a funding shortfall.
1991, March 26, Lethal Control of Arms:
- The arms controllers who "descoped" the Patriot bear a heavy burden.