declination

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

Definition of declination

  1. 1 :  angular distance north or south from the celestial equator measured along a great circle passing through the celestial poles

  2. 2 :  a turning aside or swerving

  3. 3 :  deterioration <moral declination>

  4. 4 :  a bending downward :  inclination

  5. 5 :  a formal refusal

  6. 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>

Origin and Etymology of declination

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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