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- (of qualities) Having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
- faint-hearted and degenerate king
- Jonathan Swift
- degenerate from their ancient blood
- 2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 83:
- It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.
- (of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
- (of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range.
- (mathematics) A degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
- (physics) Having the same quantum energy level.
- (physics) degenerate matter
having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal
having lost good or desirable qualities
having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range
degenerate (plural degenerates)
- One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.
- You are a degenerate, boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.
one is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature
- (intransitive) (of humans or systems) to lose good or desirable qualities;
- His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.
to lose good or desirable qualities
- degenerate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- degenerate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Feminine plural form of degenerato
- Plural form of degenerata
- second-person plural present indicative of degenerare
- second-person plural imperative of degenerare
- feminine plural of degenerato
- second-person plural present active imperative of dēgenerō