Meaning of disinvent in English:


Pronunciation /dɪsɪnˈvɛnt/


[with object]
  • Undo the invention of.

    ‘you can't disinvent nuclear power’
    • ‘There is no way that what has been invented can be disinvented.’
    • ‘The Siberians' survival as a nation, despite Communist rule and immigration, demonstrates ‘how hard it is to disinvent nationalities’.’
    • ‘Some argue that this is a fantasy because nuclear weapons, and chemical and biological weapons, cannot be disinvented.’
    • ‘Could Sydney - one of the great cosmopolitan cities of the world - really be disinvented in the name of progress?’
    • ‘If I could disinvent alcohol and cannabis, I'd be tempted to do it.’
    • ‘The problem is to be a thinking thing; the solution is to revert to a prethinking state, and even - in the most extreme voices in his fiction - to disinvent humanity itself.’
    • ‘Participants were asked which innovation they'd most like to disinvent.’