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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To divest (a coin, for example) of monetary value.
  • transitive verb To stop using (a metal) as a monetary standard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To divest of standard monetary value; withdraw from use as money; deprive of the character of money. Also spelled demonetise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To deprive of current value; to withdraw from use, as money.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To withdraw the status of legal tender from a coin (etc.) and remove it from circulation.
  • verb To declare ineligible or worthless as a medium of exchange or as legal tender.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb deprive of value for payment

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French démonétiser : dé-, away from (from Old French de-; see de–) + Latin monēta, coin; see money.]

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