retrenchment

[ ri-trench-muhnt ]
/ rɪˈtrɛntʃ mənt /

noun

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.

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Origin of retrenchment

From the French word retrenchement, dating back to 1590–1600. See retrench, -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM retrenchment

non·re·trench·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for retrenchment

retrenchment
/ (rɪˈtrɛntʃmənt) /

noun

the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Medical definitions for retrenchment

retrenchment
[ rĭ-trĕnchmənt ]

n.

The cutting away of superfluous tissue.
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