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- Wearing or grinding down by friction.
- The gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
- (human resources) A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death.
- (sciences) The loss of participants during an experiment.
- (theology) Imperfect contrition or remorse.
- (dentistry) The wearing of teeth due to their grinding.
- (linguistics) The loss of a first or second language or a portion of that language.
- (employment reduction by natural causes): natural wastage
wearing by friction
gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource
reduction in membership or personnel
loss of participants during an experiment
theology: imperfect contrition or remorse
wearing of teeth
loss of a first or second language or a portion of that language
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- (transitive) To grind or wear down through friction.
- Synonym: attrit
- attritioned teeth; attritioned rock
- (transitive) To reduce the number of (jobs or workers) by not hiring new employees to fill positions that become vacant (often with out).
- As a result of the new policy, people were being attritioned out.
- (intransitive) To undergo a reduction in number.
- The cohort of one hundred students had attritioned to sixty by the end of secondary school.
attrition f (plural attritions)