decouple decouple  /di ˈkə pəl/


  1. (v) disconnect or separate
  2. (v) regard as unconnected
  3. (v) eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
  4. (v) reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)



  1. Credit cards decouple buying and paying: the pleasure of the purchase is segmented from the pain of future payment.
  2. Its goal even then was to decouple the union-regulated workweek from the amount of time its factory was in operation.
  3. The provision passed, but not before its language was changed to decouple the effort from evaluating the costs of competing treatments.


  • No escaping the Fed

    LONDON (Reuters) - As the Federal Reserve moves closer to scaling back its monetary stimulus, central banks in the rest of the world may get another reminder this week of just how tough it is to decouple ...
    on July 7, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "No economy can decouple itself from the US," said Indian trade minister Kamal Nath.
    on Jan 23, 2008 By: Kamal Nath Source: Reuters South Africa

  2. "It felt like the right thing to do is provide this transitional support but now it has to find its own way, and its own funding. I've chosen to decouple from it, but I think Katie and the team have a real shot," Kapor added.
    on Jan 10, 2008 By: Mitch Kapor Source: InfoWorld

  3. "The only way they could decouple would be for them to be on another planet," said David Dreman, who oversees $20 billion as chief investment officer at Jersey City, New Jersey-based Dreman Value Management LLC. "We are the biggest buyer of...
    on Jan 27, 2008 By: David Dreman Source: Bloomberg

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