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The Definition of - attrition (noun)

    a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength:
    Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away.
    a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment:
    The enemy surrounded the town and conducted a war of attrition.
    a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced.
    the act of rubbing against something; friction.
    a wearing down or away by friction; abrasion.
    Theology. imperfect contrition.
    See under contrition (def 2).

Word Example of - attrition

    Example Sentences for attrition

    Water and attrition soon round these minerals on their sharp edges, and thus show that they have come from some little distance.

    The difficulty was to overcome its susceptibility to attrition.

    Or her constitution—physical and spiritual—had succumbed to the attrition of duty against womanly instinct.

    I say that attrition with confession is necessary: he believes that contrition is necessary.

    It grew better and brighter with the attrition of repeated delivery, and was fresh and new to every new audience.

    Nothing has done us more harm than all this talk about "attrition."

    But the inevitable toll of attrition from the violent deaths of the animals appalled this gentle race.

    In what was to a great extent a war of attrition this was a point of some importance.

    Germany kept up her policy of attrition by clever use of submarines and mines.

    Attrition and Contrition, as defined at the Council of Trent, 584.

Word Origin & History of - attrition

    Word Origin & History of - attrition

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