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Definition of declension:

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

Synonyms:

extraction, downslope, nightfall, declination, line of descent, bloodline, dusk, impairment, diminution, atrophy, decline in quality, capitulation, dec, decay, fall, pin, stock, dip, gloaming, line, origin, decadence, crepuscule, stemma, surrender, filiation, deterioration, twilight, descent, drop, ancestry, celestial latitude, decline, pedigree, worsening, tumble, declivity, gloam, better, downfall, crepuscle, blood, free fall, lineage, parentage, spill, regrets, degeneration, blood line, evenfall, degeneracy, autumn.

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