- The separation of church and state; the removal of a policy of having an official governing religion.
- As evangelicals defect in one direction and traditionalists in the other, and disestablishment beckons with the reform of the House of Lords ... — The Times, October 21, 2009, Desperate bishops invited Rome to park its tanks on Archbishop’s lawn by Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
Variant of disestablish
- to deprive of the status of being established
- to deprive (a state church) of official sanction and support by the government