from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Linguistics In certain languages, the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in categories such as case, number, and gender.
- n. Linguistics A class of words of one language with the same or a similar system of inflections, such as the first declension in Latin.
- n. A descending slope; a descent.
- n. A decline or decrease; deterioration: "States and empires have their periods of declension” ( Laurence Sterne).
- n. A deviation, as from a standard or practice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. : A way of categorizing nouns, pronouns, or adjectives according to the inflections they receive.
- n. : The act of declining a word; the act of listing the inflections of a noun, pronoun or adjective in order.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or the state of declining; declination; descent; slope.
- n. A falling off towards a worse state; a downward tendency; deterioration; decay
- n. Act of courteously refusing; act of declining; a declinature; refusal.
- n. Inflection of nouns, adjectives, etc., according to the grammatical cases.
- n. The form of the inflection of a word declined by cases
- n. Rehearsing a word as declined.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sloping downward; a declination; a descent; a slope; a declivity.
- n. A sinking or falling into a lower or inferior state; deterioration; decline.
- n. Refusal; non-acceptance.
- n. In grammar: The inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives; strictly, the deviation of other forms of such a word from that of its nominative case; in general, the formation of the various cases from the stem, or from the nominative singular as representing it: thus, in English, man, man's, men, men's; in Latin, rex, regis, regi, regem, rege, in the singular, and reges, regum, regibus, in the plural.
- n. The rehearsing of a word as declined; the act of declining a word, as a noun.
- n. A class of nouns declined on the same type: as, first or second declension; the five Latin declensions. Abbreviated decl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a class of nouns or pronouns or adjectives in Indo-European languages having the same (or very similar) inflectional forms
- n. the inflection of nouns and pronouns and adjectives in Indo-European languages
- n. process of changing to an inferior state
- n. a downward slope or bend
Middle English declenson, from Old French declinaison, from Latin dēclīnātiō, dēclīnātiōn-, grammatical declension, declination; see declination.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English declenson, from Middle French declinaison (French: déclinaison), from Latin declinatio (gen. declinationis) (Wiktionary)