declension

[dih-klen-shuhn]
noun
1.
Grammar.
a.
the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives for categories such as case and number.
b.
the whole set of inflected forms of such a word, or the recital thereof in a fixed order.
c.
a class of such words having similar sets of inflected forms: the Latin second declension.
2.
an act or instance of declining.
3.
a bending, sloping, or moving downward: land with a gentle declension toward the sea.
4.
deterioration; decline.
5.
deviation, as from a standard.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English declenson, declynson (with suffix later assimilated to -sion), by stress retraction and syncope < Old French declinaison < Latin dēclīnātiō declination

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declension (dɪˈklɛnʃən)
 
n
1.  grammar
 a.  inflection of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives for case, number, and gender
 b.  the complete set of the inflections of such a word: "puella" is a first-declension noun in Latin
2.  a decline or deviation from a standard, belief, etc
3.  a downward slope or bend
 
[C15: from Latin dēclīnātiō, literally: a bending aside, hence variation, inflection; see decline]
 
de'clensional
 
adj
 
de'clensionally
 
adv

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declension
1560s, a grammatical term, ult. from L. declinationem, noun of action from declinare (see decline); perhaps via French; "the form is irregular, and its history obscure" [OED].
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Example sentences
In the same way there is no declension of the pronoun for case.
Remainder ends instead in comic declension, deliberately refusing the self-mythologizing grandeur of the tragic.
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