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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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It isn't bold to predict real estate values will stop growing and decline for a period, unless one predicts the time and the duration of the decline.
In comparison with the decline among 18-year-olds, those among 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds were significantly greater (by 5% in each case).
The l0 schools with the largest undergraduate business enrollments, however, all posted declines during the 1993 academic year; two out of the 10, Arizona State and Michigan State, have experienced declines of at least 25% since 1990 (Tooley, 1994).
Once the most common amphibian in Illinois, cricket frogs have undergone a precipitous decline over the last 25 years to the point that they are now rarely seen in the north of the state.
In cases involving stock purchased on the open market, the courts have consistently disallowed theft loss deductions for a decline in stock value due to corporate officers misrepresenting the corporation's financial condition, even when the officers were indicted for securities fraud or other criminal violations.
Incidence rates continue to decline for: cervical, ovarian and laryngeal cancer among women; cancers of the larynx and lung among men; and stomach cancer for both men and women.
The sourcing and procurement segment experienced the steepest decline over the last two years with 28 percent negative growth in 2002.
A superficial analysis would suggest that the $6-trillion decline in the stock market in the past few years would devastate consumer spending because equities amount to 60 percent of the aggregate net worth of all households.
In fact, however, both male and female t eachers have less schooling and have experienced declines in wages.
Lakehead University sociologist Chris Southcott says the population declines could be more significant if not for population increases in First Nation communities.
Declines were particularly sharp in industrial machinery and in motor vehicles and parts.