attrite

adjective
at·​trite | \ ə‧ˈtrīt, a‧ˈ- \

Definition of attrite

: having attrition

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First Known Use of attrite

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attrite

Latin attritus, past participle of atterere to rub against, rub away, from ad- + terere to rub

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“Attrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attrite. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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