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[ri-trench-muh nt] /rɪˈtrɛntʃ mənt/
the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.
Origin of retrenchment
From the French word retrenchement, dating back to 1590-1600. See retrench, -ment
Related forms
nonretrenchment, noun Unabridged
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  • His plans of retrenchment had deprived Greenwich of much of its trade, hence his seat was threatened.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The necessity of retrenchment was felt by families of every rank.

  • "Surely," as Lamb said, "there must be some other world in which our unconquerable purpose" of retrenchment shall be realized.

    Seeing and Hearing George W. E. Russell
  • It was characterized as "a policy of which peace, progress and retrenchment were the watchwords."

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Initiatives in foreign affairs that had been taken in 1965 and 1966 foundered in the retrenchment into party orthodoxy.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for retrenchment


the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Word Origin and History for retrenchment

"action of lopping off or pruning," c.1600, from obsolete French retrenchement "a cutting off or out," from retrencher (see retrench (v.2)). Military sense is recorded from 1580s; see retrench (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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retrenchment in Medicine

retrenchment re·trench·ment (rĭ-trěnch'mənt)
The cutting away of superfluous tissue.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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