degression

degression

[dih-gresh-uhn]
noun
1.
a downward movement; descent.
2.
the decrease in rate in degressive taxation.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin dēgressiōn- (stem of dēgressiō) descent, equivalent to Latin degred- (stem of dēgredī to go down, descend; dē- de- + -gredī, combining form of gradī to step, walk) + -tiōn- -tion

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degression (dɪˈɡrɛʃən)
 
n
1.  a decrease by stages
2.  a gradual decrease in the tax rate on amounts below a specified sum
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin dēgressiō descent, from Latin dēgredī to go down, from de- + gradī to take steps, go]

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degression
late 15c., from L. degressionem "a going down," noun of action from degredi, from de- "down" + gradus "step" (see grade).
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