Meaning of declension


Pronunciation: (di-klen'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the Latin second declension.
    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.
  2. an act or instance of declining.
  3. a bending, sloping, or moving downward: land with a gentle declension toward the sea.
  4. deterioration; decline.
  5. deviation, as from a standard.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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