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decline

(dĭ-klīn′)
v. de·clined, de·clining, de·clines
v.intr.
1. To express polite refusal: I wanted to invite them but I was afraid they would decline.
2.
a. To slope downward; descend: The roof declines at a steep angle.
b. To bend downward; droop: boughs declining toward the ground.
3. To degrade or lower oneself; stoop: refused to decline to their level of behavior.
4. To deteriorate gradually; fail: His health has been declining for years.
5.
a. To sink, as the setting sun.
b. To draw to a gradual close: We made our way home as the day declined.
v.tr.
1. To refuse politely: I declined their offer of help.
2. To cause to slope or bend downward.
3. Grammar To inflect (a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective) for number and case.
n.
1. The process or result of declining, especially:
a. A gradual deterioration, as in numbers, activity, or quality: "overwhelming evidence that fish stocks ... are in decline" (Jonathan Bocknek).
b. A downward movement or fall, as in price.
c. A deterioration of health: the patient's rapid decline.
2. A downward slope; a declivity: the sharp decline of the dunes to the sea.

de·clin′a·ble adj.
de·clin′er n.

decline

(dē-klīn′)
1. Progressive decrease.
2. The declining period of a disease.

functional decline

The loss of independent function that often accompanies an acute illness or the cumulative effects of a chronic illness, a restriction in activities, or a change in diet, esp. in older persons.
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This is only one step and, unfortunately, not the first in the moral decline.
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Buchanan chose Foster just one day after releasing a statement in which he complained that in the United States today, "Rampant homosexuality, a sign of cultural decadence and moral decline from Rome to Weimar, is celebrated.
Himmelfarb demonstrates the nation's supposed moral decline by citing statistics since the 1960s on declining educational standards and on increasing sexual promiscuity, abortions, divorce, crime, drug usage, and welfare dependency.
Right-wing Christian politicians and their religious supporters in the Christian Coalition and Focus on the Family have exploited recent school shootings as a sign of moral decline in the United States.
Liberals need to confront the reality of moral decline and the importance of socially beneficial, less self-centered values.