- the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives for categories such as case and number.
- the whole set of inflected forms of such a word, or the recital thereof in a fixed order.
- a class of such words having similar sets of inflected forms: the Latin second declension.
- an act or instance of declining.
- a bending, sloping, or moving downward: land with a gentle declension toward the sea.
- deterioration; decline.
- deviation, as from a standard.
Origin of declension
Examples from the Web for declension
A verb is a word capable of declension and conjugation also.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
Squire Gregory carried on the declension, not without pride.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
Whence came the declension of their empire, but from the neglect of arms?
The purposes of declension are answered by particles and prepositions.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
How long have you been working at the first declension in the Latin grammar, Jamie?In the Roar of the Sea
- inflection of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives for case, number, and gender
- the complete set of the inflections of such a word"puella" is a first-declension noun in Latin
- a decline or deviation from a standard, belief, etc
- a downward slope or bend
Word Origin and History for declension
mid-15c., ultimately from Latin declinationem (nominative declinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of declinare (see decline); perhaps via French; "the form is irregular, and its history obscure" [OED].