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v. de·clined, de·clining, de·clines
1. To express polite refusal: I wanted to invite them but I was afraid they would decline.
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.
a. To sink, as the setting sun.
b. To draw to a gradual close: We made our way home as the day declined.
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.
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.


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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Practical commonsense itself is incapable of such control, and therefore will continue to contribute to social decline unless it is subordinated to the higher viewpoints governed by an historical world-view within generalized emergent probability (Lonergan, 1992: 251-261).
It will be proof that social decline is not irreversible, that victories over fear and crime are possible, that lost ground can be regained.
COLUMNIST Peter Collins is unfair in putting much of the blame for Barry's alleged economic and social decline on the residents of the town.
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The Social Democratic slogan: 'Keeping Germany social' (Damit Deutschland sozial bleibt) obviously had the power to convey various fears and expectations whereas the Christian Democratic slogan: 'Being social means creating employment' (Sozial ist, was Arbeit schafft) did not reach the hearts of a majority of people which, although so far still well off, fears social decline.
Indeed, he argues that criminal law was the object of a culture war in the Wilhelmine period, with liberals and socialists arguing for a more nuanced, socially grounded and psychologically sophisticated understanding of the roots of criminality and conservatives lamenting what they perceived to be a gross decline in standards of public morality, symptomatic of a broader problem of social decline in the face of burgeoning urbanization and the rise of a mass society.
But, from the Cuban perspective, it is the capitalist countries that have something to hide, since GDP does not reveal important indicators of social decline such as maldistribution of wealth, restricted access to health care, poverty levels, or the cost of crime and corruption.
Abley's travels and interviews start in Australia, arguably the country with the most extremely endangered languages in the world, where he encounters the social decline of speakers of Tiwi, who now live in towns and are losing cultural cohesiveness.
Individual and collective responsibility for world affairs, then, implies the possibility of either social progress or social decline, of either developments or breakdowns in the human good.
The demographic, economic and social facts of economic and social decline, environmental degradation and erosion of public services in the Australian hinterland are well portrayed.
Not to do so would condemn it to an inexorable social decline and economic self-destruction.
The authors' hesitation in addressing the core political causes of social decline in Kenya seriously undercuts the contribution of this otherwise promising work, as does the book's tendency to choose straightforward description over analysis.

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