1 change toward something smaller or lower [syn: diminution]
2 a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state [syn: declination] [ant: improvement]
3 a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current [syn: decay]
4 a downward slope or bend [syn: descent, declivity, fall, declination, declension, downslope] [ant: ascent]
2 refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality" [syn: refuse, reject, pass up, turn down] [ant: accept]
5 go down; "The roof declines here"
7 inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
- a US /dəˈklɑɪn/
downward movement, fall
- To move downwards,
to fall, to drop.
- The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.
- To become weaker or
- My health declined in winter.
- In the context of "transitive|grammar": To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.
- To refuse.
- On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.
- Dutch: afnemen, terugvallen, achteruitgaan, vervallen
- Finnish: laskea, pudota
- German: sinken, fallen
- Hebrew: ירד
- Italian: declinare
- Old English: dreosan
- Dutch: verbuigen
- Finnish: taivuttaa
- German: deklinieren
- Hebrew: היטה
- Italian: declinare
- Dutch: afwijzen, weigeren
- Finnish: kieltäytyä
- French: refuser
- German: ablehnen
- Hebrew: דחה, סירב
- Italian: declinare
- Portuguese: recusar
- Spanish: rechazar
Decline is a change over time from previously efficient to inefficient organizational functioning, from previously rational to non-rational organizational and individual decision-making, from previously law-abiding to law violating organizational and individual behavior, from previously virtuous to iniquitous individual moral behavior.
Social decline or moral decline is typically characterised as reduced adherence to cultural or social norms or values and widespread lapses in ethical behavior.
Entities and organizations may enter a state of decline if they fail to respond effectively to changes, which may be the result of:
- inability to recognize change in the organizational environment
- insufficient resources to respond to change in the organizational environment
- refusal to respond to change in the organizational environment because organizational leaders benefit from organizational decline
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