re·trench·ment | \ri-ˈtrench-mənt \

Definition of retrenchment 

: reduction, curtailment specifically : a cutting of expenses

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The retrenchment has made a lot of expensive but important fee-earners redundant or vulnerable to poaching by rivals. Steven Arons,, "Why Deutsche Bank Can’t Just Shake Off Its Problems," 24 June 2018 In fact, both Bulgaria and Austria, which on July 1 took over the E.U. presidency, are currently ruled by coalitions of the center-right and the far-right that support retrenchment of the welfare state and tough stances on migration. Julia Rone, Washington Post, "Bulgaria’s turn to lead the Council of the European Union just ended. How did things go?," 5 July 2018 Any retrenchment by such firms could cool the country’s all-important property market, which accounts for the bulk of the investment activity that drives much of China’s economic growth. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "Fearing Yuan’s Slide, China Puts New Limits on Property Companies’ Bonds," 28 June 2018 But the impact of the retrenchment on the shortform video community is far from clear, especially as Comcast, ABC and Fullscreen also have backed away. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "After Go90's Collapse, Who's Buying "Snackable" TV Now?," 12 July 2018 This retrenchment has resonated with officers in Rockford and around the country. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 But Latin America, a region of more than 600 million people, is suffering its own retrenchment. Ioan Grillo, The New Republic, "When Democracy Isn’t Enough," 6 June 2018 In other states, policy retrenchment depresses political activity. Jamila Michener, Vox, "The politics and policy of racism in American health care," 24 May 2018 The costs from its retrenchment programme have hurt profits; annual pre-tax income fell by 62% to £67m ($89m) for the year ending March 31st. The Economist, "Business this week," 24 May 2018

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circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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