attrition

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From Latin attritio (a rubbing against), from the verb attritus, past participle of atterere (to wear), from ad- (to, towards) + terere (to rub).

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attrition (countable and uncountable, plural attritions)

  1. wearing or grinding down by friction
  2. the gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
  3. (human resources) A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death
  4. (sciences) The loss of participants during an experiment
  5. (theology) Imperfect contrition or remorse

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