- 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.
Origin of declension
Examples from the Web for declension
The detail of the Anglo-Saxon declension may be collected from 83-89.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
In declension the change consisted chiefly in the dropping of a number of synonymous by-forms.A History of Sanskrit Literature|Arthur A. MacDonell
With these are grouped in the grammar (3rd declension) nouns with stems in , , or a diphthong.A Greek Primer|Wallace Stearns
For accusative plural endings in the third declension, he concludes that -is for Ovid can be neither established nor excluded.
It has been already shown how bi be, is used as an Auxiliary in the declension of all verbs.Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
- 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
Word Origin 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].