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degression

[dih-gresh-uh n] /dɪˈgrɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
a downward movement; descent.
2.
the decrease in rate in degressive taxation.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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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British Dictionary definitions for degression

degression

/dɪˈɡrɛʃən/
noun
1.
a decrease by stages
2.
a gradual decrease in the tax rate on amounts below a specified sum
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin dēgressiō descent, from Latin dēgredī to go down, from de- + gradī to take steps, go
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Word Origin and History for degression
n.

late 15c., from Latin degressionem (nominative degressio) "a going down," noun of action from past participle stem of degredi "to go down, march down, descend," from de- "down" (see de-) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).

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