re·​trench·​ment | \ ri-ˈtrench-mənt How to pronounce retrenchment (audio) \

Definition of retrenchment

: reduction, curtailment specifically : a cutting of expenses

Examples of retrenchment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People didn’t want to hear that we were still locked in a cycle of racial progress, backlash, retrenchment, and reformation of systems of racial and social control. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”," 17 Jan. 2020 Ukraine was ready for radical change, not retrenchment. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Ukraine’s Zelenskiy showed he’s the anti-Putin in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 But American’s service to Oakland and San Jose remains limited after big retrenchments. Mallory Moench,, "Why SFO has bigger problems than runway construction," 19 Sep. 2019 Amid the stagnation of the farm system and the financial retrenchment, important pieces on the Cubs’ roster slumped this year. Jon Tayler,, "Dynasty Deferred: More Than Just the Cubs' Playoff Hopes Died This Weekend," 23 Sep. 2019 The retrenchment marks a definitive end to Deutsche’s aspirations to become Europe’s Goldman Sachs. The Economist, "Can Germany’s biggest lender survive on its own?," 21 June 2019 Slowing job growth will weaken consumer spending, which will justify further retrenchment. Karl Smith,, "Trump’s impeachment is already hurting the economy," 2 Oct. 2019 In another major retrenchment, EPA no longer intends to pursue a separate proposal to set an agencywide approach for carrying out cost-benefit analyses for draft regulations, Wheeler said. Sean Reilly, Science | AAAS, "EPA signals retreat from controversial ‘secret science’ rule," 19 Sep. 2019 The company is on track to stage a comeback after years of retrenchment following its fatal blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "BP to Buy BHP Shale Assets for More Than $10 Billion," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of retrenchment

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Retrenchment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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