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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DECLINE

Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.

They only thought a lawyer could help them--but I'm far too busy--of course I decline.

If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.

We protect iron-workers, and decline to protect our own daughters.

And so for the present we take leave of the Athenians, in the hour of their decline.

While these negotiations went on, Arthur continued gradually to decline.

I cannot repay it, except by my thanks; and those only on condition that he will decline his suit.

There is yet another cause for the decline of the white population.

Lumley, burning with resentment, longed to decline the offer; but, alas!

It was dreadfully unromantic, but Minnie did not fall into a decline.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.

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