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DEGRADATION, punishment, ecclesiastical law. A censure by which a clergy man is deprived of his holy orders, which he had as a priest or deacon.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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( In a paper published in the journal Analytical Chemistry , an international team led by University of Antwerp researcher Koen Janssens says that the color change is the result of a previously undocumented kind of chemical degredation caused by an interaction between the paint applied by Van Gogh and a protective varnish applied by the museum in the early 20th century.
On raw speed they could probably do it, but tyre degredation has been their Achilles' heel in recent races and you'd want some evidence they are over that problem before backing them.
Proteolytic degredation: Proteases native to the host cell can degrade recombinant proteins.
DKK1 antagonizes Wnt signaling without promotion of LRP6 internalization and degredation. J Biol Chem 2008;283:21427-32.
According to the FAO (1999) (Cited by Mondeil and Setboonsarng, 2009), major causes of genetic erosion in crops are land clearing, population pressure, environmental and land degredation, pest/weeds/diseases, over-exploitation of species, overgrazing, collateral damages caused by conventional agriculture, contamination by genetically engineered or transgenic crops, and finally global climate change replacement local cultivars and changing agricultural systems.
Kossik names many culprits in Detroit's degredation, from the demolishing of vibrant neighborhoods to create road systems that encouraged white flight, to a tax burden that drives out young families and keeps them from returning, to a culture of entitlement amid union auto workers that cripples Detroit's auto industry, to Detroit's unhealthy dependence on the auto manufacturing industry in the first place, and more.
Andrew McWilliam observes the degredation of East Timor's forests under the two previous colonial regimes and argues that legal agreements between the government and local communities are the key to reforestation.
(2008), Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degredation in Developing Countries (REDD): A Guide for Indigenous Peoples, Yokohama, United Nations University--Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS).
According to Dr Simon Lewis from the University of Leeds, UK, at least 50 percent of the carbon credit payments to be agreed at Copenhagen, known as REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degredation), should be made to forest dwellers directly, and their property rights assured.
We need to take account of the decline of our inland rivers, especially the Murry Darling; the degredation of our agricultural land; the increasing pressure we are putting on the coastal zone; the loss of productive land to urban sprawl.
It is pertinent to mention here that Environmental protection tribunal was setup under 1973 constitution in 1977 which dealt with cases involving the degredation of environment.