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[ri-trench-muh nt] /rɪˈtrɛntʃ mənt/
the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.
Origin of retrenchment
1590-1600; < French retrenchement. See retrench, -ment
Related forms
nonretrenchment, noun Unabridged
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  • Many researchers are optimistic that the present retrenchment actually bodes well for the long-term success of genetic medicines.
  • No sooner does he hear any of his brothers mention reform or retrenchment, than up he jumps.
  • There can be plenty of resentment, especially in a time of hiring freezes, furloughs and retrenchment.
  • Elsewhere, there are a growing number of countries planning or weighing a nuclear retrenchment.
  • These mechanisms made little provision for any decline in profits or the retrenchment that would have to follow.
  • Since the crisis, governments have been borrowing furiously to make up for retrenchment in private spending.
  • Thanks to a period of retrenchment, though, the company's financial health is currently good.
  • It cannot grow out of trouble because of fiscal retrenchment and its lack of export prowess.
  • Labour says that the economy is too fragile to start fiscal retrenchment this year.
  • The winners' extra spending may not offset the losers' retrenchment.
British Dictionary definitions for retrenchment


the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Word Origin and History for retrenchment

"action of lopping off or pruning," c.1600, from obsolete French retrenchement "a cutting off or out," from retrencher (see retrench (v.2)). Military sense is recorded from 1580s; see retrench (v.1).

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retrenchment in Medicine

retrenchment re·trench·ment (rĭ-trěnch'mənt)
The cutting away of superfluous tissue.

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