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Declension meaning

declension - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. The act or the state of declining; declination; descent; slope.
  2. 2. A falling off towards a worse state; a downward tendency; deterioration; decay; as, the declension of virtue, of science, of a state, etc.
  3. 3. Act of courteously refusing; act of declining; a declinature; refusal; as, the declension of a nomination.
  4. 4. Inflection of nouns, adjectives, etc., according to the grammatical cases.
  5. 5. The form of the inflection of a word declined by cases; as, the first or the second declension of nouns, adjectives, etc.
  6. 6. Rehearsing a word as declined.
  7. 7. A sloping down; a falling off or away; in grammar, the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.
  8. 8. Act of declining; descent; decay; in gram., inflection by cases.

declension - examples of usage

  1. Notwithstanding this grievous declension, however, I was gratified at perceiving that the present occupants were not unconscious of the poetical renown of their mansion. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. In his statement of the doctrine of the Clinamen, or slight declension in the motion of the atoms, so as 'to break the chain of fate, ' he attributes to them a power analogous to volition in living beings. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
  3. All motion is naturally in a downward direction and in parallel lines, but to account for the contact of the atoms with one another it must be supposed that in their movements they make a slight declension from the straight line at uncertain intervals. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
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