noun \di-ˈklen(t)-shən\

Definition of DECLENSION

a :  noun, adjective, or pronoun inflection especially in some prescribed order of the forms
b :  a class of nouns or adjectives having the same type of inflectional forms
:  a falling off or away :  deterioration
:  descent, slope
de·clen·sion·al \-ˈklen(t)-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of DECLENSION

  1. <a noticeable declension of the fitness of the baseball players over the winter>
  2. <a declension in her acting career from leading roles to cameos eventually>


Middle English declenson, modification of Middle French declinaison, from Latin declination-, declinatio grammatical inflection, turning aside, from declinare to inflect, turn aside
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with DECLENSION


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