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Examples of decrement in a Sentence
each decrement in amount is limited to one third of the previous total
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Although the marijuana brownies caused significant decrements in participants’ attentiveness, physical coordination and ability to concentrate, only 11 percent of them ever had a THC blood level over the legal limit.
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Even if you've never seen "decrement" before, you might be familiar with "increment," a word for the action or process of increasing or for something that is gained or added. "Increment" arrived in English, after a rather circuitous route involving Anglo-French, from the Latin verb increscere, meaning "to increase." So it should come as no surprise that decrement derives from the Latin verb decrescere, meaning "to decrease." Both words can be traced further back to the verb "crescere," which means "to grow." Like "increment," "decrement" can also have the (much rarer) mathematical sense of "a change in the value of one or more of a set of variables," but "increment" is used for both positive and negative changes, and "decrement" only for negative ones.
Origin and Etymology of decrement
First Known Use: 1610See Words from the same year
Synonymsabatement, decline, decrease, dent, depletion, depression, diminishment, diminution, drop, drop-off, fall, falloff, loss, reduction, shrinkage, step-down
Antonymsboost, enlargement, gain, increase, increment, raise, rise, step-up, uptick
Related Wordsdeduction, subtraction; downturn, slip, slump; curtailment, cut, cutback, retrenchment, shortening
Near Antonymsaccretion, accrual, accumulation, addition, supplement; continuation, extension; upswing, uptrend, upturn
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