What does brain drain mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brain drain(noun)

    depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel


  1. brain drain(Noun)

    The migration of educated or talented people from less economically advanced areas to more economically advanced areas, especially to large cities or richer countries.

  2. Origin: Spokesmen for the Royal Society of London first coined the expression “brain drain” to describe the outflow of scientists and technologists to the United States and Canada in the early 1950s.


  1. Brain drain

    Brain drain, is the large-scale emigration of a large group of individuals with technical skills or knowledge. The reasons usually include two aspects which respectively come from countries and individuals. In terms of countries, the reasons may be social environment. In terms of individual reasons, there are family influence, and personal preference: preference for exploring, ambition for an improved career, etc. Although the term originally referred to technology workers leaving a nation, the meaning has broadened into: "the departure of educated or professional people from one country, economic sector, or field for another, usually for better pay or living conditions". Brain drain is usually regarded as an economic cost, since emigrants usually take with them the fraction of value of their training sponsored by the government or other organizations. It is a parallel of capital flight, which refers to the same movement of financial capital. Brain drain is often associated with de-skilling of emigrants in their country of destination, while their country of emigration experiences the draining of skilled individuals.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brain drain in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brain drain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Senate GOP:

    New York spends $ 1 billion on college financial assistance. There is a brain-drain problem.

  2. Cheng Gang:

    The brain drain of skilful people definitely impacts the CFDA's ability to operate, especially for example its ability to evaluate new drugs.

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