deterioration

[dih-teer-ee-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of deteriorating.
2.
the state or condition of having deteriorated.
3.
a gradual decline, as in quality, serviceability, or vigor.

Origin:
1650–60; < Late Latin dēteriōrātiōn- (stem of dēteriōrātiō), equivalent to dēteriōrāt(us) (see deteriorate) + -iōn- -ion

nondeterioration, noun
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deteriorate (dɪˈtɪərɪəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make or become worse or lower in quality, value, character, etc; depreciate
2.  (intr) to wear away or disintegrate
 
[C16: from Late Latin dēteriōrāre, from Latin dēterior worse]
 
deterio'ration
 
n
 
de'teriorative
 
adj

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deterioration
1650s, from Fr. déterioration (15c.), noun of action from détériorer, from L.L. deteriorare (see deteriorate).
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deterioration de·te·ri·o·ra·tion (dĭ-tēr'ē-ə-rā'shən)
n.
The process or condition of becoming worse.

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Example sentences
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
Some elderly people may be confused, lethargic, and show general deterioration.
Despite early diagnosis, audacious denial in the face of its increasingly
  severe symptoms led to its deterioration and demise.
There is nothing inevitable about this deterioration.
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