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decline

noun abatement, act of crumbling, act of dwindling, act of falling away, act of lessening, act of losing ground, act of shrinking, act of slipping back, act of wasting away, act of weakening, act of worsening, atrophy, backkard step, cheapening, collapse, consumption, contraction, corrosion, corruption, decadency, decay, decrease, decrepitude, decurrence, deflation, degeneracy, degeneration, deminutio, depreciation, descent, deterioration, devaluation, dilapidation, diminishing, dissolution, downfall, downgrade, downhill, downtrend, downturn, downward inclination, downward incline, downward trend, drop, ebb, enfeeblement, erosion, failing, fall, falling away, falling-off, gradual crumbling, graddal impairment, lessening, loss, loss of value, lowering, marcescence, pejoration, period of decrease, plunge, recession, regress, regression, relapse, retreat, retroaction, retrogradation, retrogression, reversion, ruin, shrinkage, sinkage, sinking, slump, subsidence, wane
Associated concepts: spoilage, waste

decline

(Fall), verb come down, decay, degenerate, deteriorate, drop, drop in strength, ebb, fall, lapse, stoop, trend downward, wane, wither
Associated concepts: decline in price

decline

(Reject), verb abnegate, abstain, eschew, exxuse oneself, hold back, rebuff, recusare, refuse, refuse to accept, renounce, renueve, repel, repudiate, resist, spurn, turn away, turn down, veto
Associated concepts: decline an appointment, decline to accept an offer
See also: abate, abatement, avoid, caducity, curtailment, damage, decay, decrease, deduction, degenerate, degradation, depreciate, depress, depression, deteriorate, diminution, disavow, disdain, dismiss, disoblige, dissent, ebb, end, evade, expense, expiration, fail, forbear, forgo, forswear, languish, lapse, lessen, lose, loss, rebuff, refrain, refuse, reject, relapse, renounce, repudiate, sacrifice, spurn, subside, termination
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Process : Completed project is a pilot verification of social innovation that delivers a holistic system of care for persons with DO, so that persons with DO, where it accumulates more socially pathological effects, prevent complete social decline, but they are motivated to resolve their situation and gradually strengthen competencies and again assume responsibility in all areas of life.
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Pat Broster, executive director at Groundwork Merseyside, said: "Unemployment is one of the biggest contributors to the cycle of economic and social decline within communities and the apprenticeship scheme endeavours to break this cycle amongst young people.
FOR THE OVERWHELMING MAJORity of Nigerians deeply frustrated with their deteriorating living conditions - even as their elected politicians are amongst the best paid in the world - this year's presidential poll is about electing a visionary, hardworking leader who can reverse the country's economic and social decline.
Making its debut in Venice, the tiny oil-rich kingdom confounded the stereotype of the Gulf as a latter day architectural Gomorrah, instead choosing to reflect on the ecological and social decline of Bahrain's historic sea culture.
ANOTHER smack in the eye for those dyed-in-thewool sceptics of the Labour party is the news of the appointment of Frank Field, the muchrespected Labour MP for Birkenhead, to work for David Cameron and conduct a belated review of poverty and social decline, which has been promised by the Tory party to tackle the rising crime and the scandalous abuse of the social benefits scheme.
Rossiter concludes that the liberal agenda is a form of madness, an evil, and a stunning failure that invariably has led to large-scale social decline.
He compared the climate faced by the UK's small businesses to the industrial turmoil of the late 1970s and early 1980s - an era that saw great economic and social decline - but also the birth of modern business support organisations, including the forum.
Skyrocketing unemployment triggered general social decline, reflected in waves of alcoholism, school truancy, and domestic violence.
With every day that passes, this Government is running our country into the ground - borrowing eye-watering amounts of money, presiding over social decline, letting our politics descend into the quagmire.
This intense focus on one cause of social decline and moral decay is echoed, ironically enough, by Osama bin Laden and his allies.

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