From Middle English declenson, from Middle French declinaison (Modern French: déclinaison), from Latin dēclīnātiō. Doublet of declination.
declension (countable and uncountable, plural declensions)
- A falling off, decay or descent.
- 1845, Lydia Sigourney, Scenes in my Native Land, The Great Oak of Geneseo, page 86:
- Refinement of feeling, intellectual tastes, and a noble hospitality, were among the features of his character; and hoary years brought no mental declension, and drew no shade over the ardent affections by which he was distinguished, and in whose reciprocity, was his undeclining solace.
- (grammar) The act of declining a word; the act of listing the inflections of a noun, pronoun or adjective in order.
- (grammar) The product of that act; a list of declined forms.
- a page full of declensions
- (grammar) A way of categorizing nouns, pronouns, or adjectives according to the inflections they receive.
- In Latin, 'amicus' belongs to the second declension. Most second-declension nouns end in '-i' in the genitive singular and '-um' in the accusative singular.
way of categorizing