declination

noun dec·li·na·tion \ ˌde-klə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of declination

1 : angular distance north or south from the celestial equator measured along a great circle passing through the celestial poles
2 : a turning aside or swerving
3 : deterioration
  • moral declination
4 : a bending downward : inclination
5 : a formal refusal
6 : the angle formed between a magnetic needle and the geographical meridian

declinational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of declination in a Sentence

  1. there's been a declination in basic civility in our society

  2. congressional declinations of cabinet appointments have been relatively infrequent, most senators believing that the president is entitled to pick his own advisors

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Origin and Etymology of declination

Middle English declinacioun, from Middle French declination, from Latin declination-, declinatio angle of the heavens, turning aside



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