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Pronunciation:  di'klenshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a class of nouns or pronouns or adjectives in Indo-European languages having the same (or very similar) inflectional forms; "the first declension in Latin"
  2. [n]  a downward slope or bend
  3. [n]  process of changing to an inferior state
  4. [n]  the inflection of nouns and pronouns and adjectives in Indo-European languages

DECLENSION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: declination, decline, decline in quality, declivity, descent, deterioration, downslope, fall, worsening
 Antonyms: acclivity, ascent, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
 See Also: category, class, decline, diminution, downhill, family, incline, inflection, inflexion, noun, side, slope, steep



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*clen"sion\, n. [Apparently corrupted fr. F.
d['e]clinaison, fr. L. declinatio, fr. declinare. See
{Decline}, and cf. {Declination}.]
1. The act or the state of declining; declination; descent;

         The declension of the land from that place to the
         sea.                                  --T. Burnet.

2. A falling off towards a worse state; a downward tendency;
   deterioration; decay; as, the declension of virtue, of
   science, of a state, etc.

         Seduced the pitch and height of all his thoughts To
         base declension.                      --Shak.

3. Act of courteously refusing; act of declining; a
   declinature; refusal; as, the declension of a nomination.

4. (Gram.)
   (a) Inflection of nouns, adjectives, etc., according to
       the grammatical cases.
   (b) The form of the inflection of a word declined by
       cases; as, the first or the second declension of
       nouns, adjectives, etc.
   (c) Rehearsing a word as declined.

Note: The nominative was held to be the primary and original
      form, and was likened to a perpendicular line; the
      variations, or oblique cases, were regarded as fallings
      (hence called casus, cases, or fallings) from the
      nominative or perpendicular; and an enumerating of the
      various forms, being a sort of progressive descent from
      the noun's upright form, was called a declension.

{Declension of the needle}, declination of the needle.

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