declension

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From Middle English declenson, from Middle French declinaison (Modern French: déclinaison), from Latin declinatio (gen. declinationis)

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  • IPA(key): /dɪˈklɛn.ʃən/

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declension (plural declensions)

  1. (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.
  2. (grammar): The act of declining a word; the act of listing the inflections of a noun, pronoun or adjective in order.

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