depletion

noun
de·​ple·​tion | \di-ˈplē-shən \

Legal Definition of depletion 

: the reduction of the value of the assets of a company engaged in removing natural resources (as by mining) because of the decrease over time of the natural resources (as coal) available in or on the land being worked

Learn More about depletion

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on depletion

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for depletion

Medical Dictionary: Definition of depletion

Spanish Central: Translation of depletion

Nglish: Translation of depletion for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of depletion for Arabic Speakers

Comments on depletion

What made you want to look up depletion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!