deaccession deaccession, de-accession de-accessionv. t. [de- + accession. Ca. 1970.] to sell (artwork); -- used of sales of art by museums.

Note: The word appears to have been coined as a euphemism to avoid the negative connotations of the word ``sell'', particularly for works donated by benefactors. The practise is justified as a means of acquiring funds for purchase of more valuable artworks. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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