declension

[ dih-klen-shuhn ]
/ dɪˈklɛn ʃən /

noun

Grammar.
  1. the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives for categories such as case and number.
  2. the whole set of inflected forms of such a word, or the recital thereof in a fixed order.
  3. 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.

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Origin of declension

1400–50; late Middle English declenson, declynson (with suffix later assimilated to -sion), by stress retraction and syncope <Old French declinaison<Latin dēclīnātiōdeclination
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British Dictionary definitions for declension

declension
/ (dɪˈklɛnʃən) /

noun

grammar
  1. inflection of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives for case, number, and gender
  2. 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

Derived forms of declension

declensional, adjectivedeclensionally, adverb

Word Origin for declension

C15: from Latin dēclīnātiō, literally: a bending aside, hence variation, inflection; see decline
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