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

  • n. Withdrawal of capital investment from a company or country.

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  • n. the process of disinvesting; negative investment.

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  • n. the withdrawal of capital from a country or corporation


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  • So basically, no investment, salary cuts, lack of upgrades will reduce costs for about 4 years and we will get decent service, but once the disinvestment is complete, things will go south quickly.

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  • There is also the question of how labor addresses longterm disinvestment and deindustrialization.

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  • Some $30 billion worth of pension funds investment are up for imminent withdrawal, and more and more corporate disinvestment is becoming real disengagement from the South African economy.

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  • Nor do they pay the cost in the short run for long-term disinvestment and running up financial debts.

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  • Infonetics Research: 2009 marks first year in short disinvestment cycle for telecom carriers

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  • Even as the government is open to the idea of disinvestment, voices of dissent are already being heard.

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  • And with regard to Iran, what John McCain did was to give a speech which laid out a series of more robust actions that we could take -- for example, sanctioning the refined gasoline, putting an embargo on refined gasoline that goes into Iran; strengthening our economic sanctions; dealing with investments, called disinvestment, from companies that do business with Iran; and a series of other, more robust sanctions than the administration has been willing to push thus far.

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  • It would also be the first major step in four years for what India calls a "disinvestment" program, in which the government sells shares in state-owned companies.

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  • "There has been a significant amount of 'disinvestment' or closing down facilities in some of the high-cost regions."

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  • This "disinvestment" has already essentially privatized our system of higher education to the point that only 9% of students from poor Colorado families will graduate from college and middle-class families are expected to pay a net $20,000 a year for state schools, after grants and aid are considered.

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  • "But in recent years, federal disinvestment in water services has sparked a new era of privatization with contemporary players repeating promises made by nineteenth century entrepreneurs."

    - Snitow and Kaufman, 'Drinking at the Public Fountain', 25 Sep 2008.

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