de·​clin·​ist | \ di-ˈklī-nist How to pronounce declinist (audio) , dē-\

Definition of declinist

: one who theorizes that a nation or society is in or is headed for a state of economic, political, or social decline

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While the United States has defied many declinist predictions in the postwar era, there is good reason for recent anxiety. Ali Wyne, The New Republic, "Is America Choosing Decline?," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of declinist

1988, in the meaning defined above

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