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- The taking apart or dissolution of something that had been established.
- Specifically, the removal of state privileges or patronage from a given church; the removal of a policy of having an official governing religion.
- 1972, Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down, Folio Society, published 2016, page 77:
- Disestablishment of the church would deprive the gentry of another property right – the right of presentation to a living, a right for which they or their ancestors had paid hard cash and which gave them useful opportunities of providing for a younger son or a poor relation.
- 2009, Ruth Gledhill, The Times, 21 October:
- As evangelicals defect in one direction and traditionalists in the other, and disestablishment beckons with the reform of the House of Lords […].