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declension

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noun de·clen·sion \di-ˈklen(t)-shən\

Definition of declension

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a falling off or away :  deterioration

  3. 3 :  descent, slope

de·clen·sion·al play \-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>



Origin of declension

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

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