- An act of divesting.
- The sale, liquidation, or spinoff of a corporate division or subsidiary.
Origin of divestitureFrom Medieval Latin dīvestītus past participle of dīvestīre to undress variant of disvestīre Latin dis- dis- Latin vestīre to dress ; see vestment .
divestiture - Computer Definition
The breakup of AT&T (American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation), the largest company in the U.S. prior to 1984. By federal court order, AT&T divested itself on January 1, 1984 of its 23 operating companies, which became known as the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs). Bell Labs was renamed AT&T Bell Labs, and its Western Electric manufacturing division became AT&T Technologies. The demarcation point of the split was the Class 4 switching center. Except for those that handled large metropolitan regions, all Class 4 offices remained with AT&T, and all Class 5 offices went to the RBOCs. It was the switching office class hierarchy within the Bell system that made Divestiture possible, because there were clear borders between long distance and local service. See Class 4 switch, Bellcore and Trivestiture.
divestiture - Investment & Finance Definition
The sale of part of a company or an important company asset, either by spinning off a company’s unit, selling a unit to another company or group of employees, or liquidating it. The term also refers to a company’s sale of the stock of another company that was purchased for investment purposes.