retrenchment

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French retranchement, Old French retrenchemant.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /rɪˈtrentʃ.mənt/

Noun[edit]

retrenchment ‎(plural retrenchments)

  1. A reduction or curtailment; often referring to a business or government agency cutting back operations or laying off workers.
  2. (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).

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