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tr.v. de·clawed, de·claw·ing, de·claws
1. To remove the claws from: declaw a cat.
2. To strip of power, potency, or strength; make harmless or less threatening.
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vb (tr)
(Veterinary Science) to remove the claws from (an animal or bird)
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to remove the claws from.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.declaw - remove the claws from; "declaw a cat"
take off - take away or remove; "Take that weight off me!"
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