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degeneracy

[dih-jen-er-uh-see] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə si/
noun
1.
degenerate state or character.
2.
the process of degenerating; decline.
3.
degenerate behavior, especially behavior considered sexually deviant.
4.
Physics. the number of distinct quantum states of a system that have a given energy.
Origin of degeneracy
1655-1665
1655-65; degener(ate) + -acy
Related forms
nondegeneracy, noun, plural nondegeneracies.
predegeneracy, noun
undegeneracy, noun
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  • My father is convinced that everything I wear is newly bought, another marker in my ongoing pattern of degeneracy.

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degeneracy

/dɪˈdʒɛnərəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
the act or state of being degenerate
2.
the process of becoming degenerate
3.
(physics) the number of degenerate quantum states of a particular orbital, degree of freedom, energy level, etc
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Word Origin and History for degeneracy
n.

1660s, from degenerate + -cy.

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