a prefix meaning:

1. privation and separation, as in dehorn, dethrone.
2. negation, as in demerit, derange.
3. descent, as in degrade, deduce.
4. reversal, as in deactivate.
5. intensity, as in decompound.
6. to make an exit from a means of transport: decoach, deplane.
{Middle English, from Latin, representing (preposition) from, away from, of, out of, etc.; in some words from French, from Latin de-, or from Latin dis- (see dis-1)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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