decline

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decline

I) gradually diminishing health or condition of a tree. 2) a pattern of decline conditions in a particular species not necessarily associated with a single cause. e.g.. ash decline.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
decline (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
archaic to turn from a straight course - stray
2.
a) to slope downward - descend
b) to bend down - droop
c) to stoop to what is unworthy
3.
a) of a celestial body to sink toward setting
b) to draw toward a close - wane the day declined
4.
to tend toward an inferior state or weaker condition - his health declined morale declined
5.
to withhold consent
6.
transitive verb
to become less in amount - prices declined
1.
to give in prescribed order the grammatical forms of (a noun, pronoun, or adjective)
2.
obsolete
a) - avert
b) - avoid
3.
to cause to bend or bow downward
4.
a) to refuse to undertake, undergo, engage in, or comply with - decline battle
b) to refuse especially courteously - decline an invitation
decline (noun)
1.
the process of - declining
a) a gradual physical or mental sinking and wasting away
b) a change to a lower state or level - the decline of the aristocracy
2.
the period during which something is deteriorating or approaching its end - an empire in decline
3.
a downward slope
4.
a wasting disease , especially pulmonary tuberculosis deterioration
decline
decline (Wikipedia)
This article is about societal change. For the punk EP, see The Decline. For grammatical declining, see Declension.

Decline involves change over time, for example:

Note: distinguish the noun decline from the adjective obsolete. Decline refers to the degenerating of something (compare obsolescence) whereas obsolete refers to the outdatedness of something or labels something as no longer in use. Decline represents the process of declining, a gradual sinking and wasting away.

Social decline or moral decline is typically characterised[by whom?] as reduced adherence to cultural or social norms or values and widespread lapses in ethical behavior. Compare social decay.

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