deterioration implies generally the impairment of value or usefulness.
the deterioration of the house through neglect
degeneration stresses physical, intellectual, or especially moral retrogression.
the degeneration of their youthful idealism into cynicism
decadence presupposes a reaching and passing the peak of development and implies a turn downward with a consequent loss in vitality or energy.
cited love of luxury as a sign of cultural decadence
decline differs from decadence in suggesting a more markedly downward direction and greater momentum as well as more obvious evidence of deterioration.
the meteoric decline of his career after the scandal
Examples of decline in a Sentence
The construction of new houses declined five percent this year.
The animal's numbers are declining rapidly.
My grandmother's health has been declining since she broke her hip.
The civilization began to decline around 1000 B.C.
The company declined comment on the scandal.
He changed his mind and declined the company's offer.
I invited him, but he declined. Noun
a period of economic decline
He says that American industry is in a state of decline.
The town fell into decline after the factory closed down.
The economy experienced a decline of two million jobs.
We saw a sharp decline in sales this month. Declines led advances at the end of the trading day.
There was some decline in stock prices at the end of the trading session. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The Israeli prime minister's office declined to comment.—WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 The Department of Buildings, which issues housing code violations, declined to comment beyond providing information about the violations at the property.—Danny Nguyen, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Representatives for Nvidia declined to comment on the lawsuit.—Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 On Tuesday, Pryor declined to comment on the details in the whistleblowers’ report.—Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 At stops attended by a New York Times reporter, representatives for the host restaurants declined to give specifics on the cost.—Anjali Huynh, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Joshua Miller, one of Hayes’s two public defenders representing him in both cases, declined to comment.—Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Doe’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, declined to comment further on the case.—Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 While both Hamas and hospital staff have denied the claim, CNN reported Monday that a U.S. official with knowledge of American intelligence said Hamas does have a command node beneath the hospital; the CIA declined to comment on the claim to CNN.—Molly Bohannon, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
For all the ink spilled about the retail apocalypse and the decline of malls, Park Plaza's parking lot was almost full on Friday at midafternoon.—Staff and Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 25 Nov. 2023 Getty Images Adhering to the Mediterranean diet as one ages appears to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, finds yet another study—one scientists say provides the strongest proof yet of its benefits.—Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 24 Nov. 2023 That decrease was driven, in part, by the decline of manufacturing in this country and the spread of factories to states, largely in the South, that prohibited unions from forcing workers to pay dues.—Kurtis Lee, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 The decline of vaccinations made available during the COVID-19 pandemic was attributed as a contributing factor.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 At the dawn of the new millennium, however, the mayor, Francisco de la Torre, took steps to reverse the decline.—Lisa Johnson, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2023 If anything, they are interrelated, as wars are complex events; the decline of U.S. hegemony contributes to growing multipolarity; and great-power competition has surely fed Russia’s aggression and the West’s response.—Paul Poast, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2023 In lower-income countries, the declines are attributed to weak health care systems, inadequate funding, and security challenges — issues that were all exacerbated by the pandemic, which eroded the ability of public health workers around the world to reach unvaccinated children.—Helen Branswell, STAT, 16 Nov. 2023 However, analysts and investors took solace in the fact that Target’s declines were lower than expected, taking the numbers as a sign of an impending turnaround.—Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Anglo-French decliner, from Latin declinare to turn aside, inflect, from de- + clinare to incline — more at lean