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retrenchment (plural retrenchments)
- A reduction or curtailment; often referring to a business or government agency cutting back operations or laying off workers.
- (military, dated) A defensive work constructed within a fortification to make it more defensible (by allowing defenders to retreat into and fight from it even after the enemy has taken the outer work).
a reduction or curtailment
a defensive entrenchment