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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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Series of factors accelerated physical, economic and social decline of large scale housing estates.
Social decline would transform the original communal sense of belonging together into a struggle pitting persons with similar practical goals in competition against one another.
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.
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.
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.
Long before I became an AER committee vice-president in charge of innovation and cohesion, my home village of Faker, in the Jamtland region of Sweden, was in the midst of economic and social decline.
This intense focus on one cause of social decline and moral decay is echoed, ironically enough, by Osama bin Laden and his allies.
Perhaps it compensates for their political frustration, social decline, economic backwardness or their precarious living conditions.
Following further social decline under Robert Mugabe's abominable regime, South Africa's cricket board yesterday severed bilateral arrangements with their neighbours.
The loss of traditional food and the availability of cash bring about poor nutrition and social decline that runs contrary to the belief that an increase in income leads to progress.
The European nations, they assert, are undergoing steady economic and social decline.

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