retrenchment

noun
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 More broadly, Biden’s commitment to Ukraine appears to signal the end of a period of retrenchment in which Presidents Obama and Trump sought to disengage from the military entanglements launched by President George W. Bush. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Some lenders will ultimately decide to take a step back from the market, while others will try to capitalize on such retrenchment by expanding. Paul Davis, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Another setback came in 1987, when Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork, who publicly criticized the legal rationale that undergirded Roe, was defeated in the Senate, forcing yet another deep internal reckoning and retrenchment. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 More recently, the leadership has called on government officials to provide support to Internet companies and ease restrictions on the real-estate market, signalling a tactical retrenchment. Yi-ling Liu, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Another setback came in 1987, when Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork, who publicly criticized the legal rationale that undergirded Roe, was defeated in the Senate, forcing yet another deep internal reckoning and retrenchment. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Another setback came in 1987, when Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork, who publicly criticized the legal rationale that undergirded Roe, was defeated in the Senate, forcing yet another deep internal reckoning and retrenchment. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Another setback came in 1987, when Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork, who publicly criticized the legal rationale that undergirded Roe, was defeated in the Senate, forcing yet another deep internal reckoning and retrenchment. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Russia’s apparent retreat from Kyiv and retrenchment into Ukraine’s easternmost regions marks the latest sign that the war is at an inflection point — one that U.S. officials believe could portend even uglier fighting to come. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of retrenchment

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2022

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“Retrenchment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retrenchment. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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