decrement


dec·re·ment

noun \ˈde-krə-mənt\

Definition of DECREMENT

1
:  a gradual decrease in quality or quantity
2
a :  the quantity lost by diminution or waste
b :  the amount of decrease (as of a variable)
dec·re·men·tal \ˌde-krə-ˈmen-təl\ adjective

Examples of DECREMENT

  1. <each decrement in amount is limited to one third of the previous total>

Origin of DECREMENT

Latin decrementum, from decrescere
First Known Use: 1610

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