V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a downward slope or gradual falling off; 2. a worsening or decline; 3. a polite refusal (to an invitation); 4. in astronomy, the angular distance of an object from the celestial equator
Synonyms: deterioration, decline, downfall, downgrade, worsening, refusal
Antonyms: acceptance, inclination
Tips: When you decline someone's offer or invitation, you are giving your declination. It's the opposite of inclination, which is a desire to do something. A declination is also the gradual worsening of some condition.
The declination of my grandfather's health began in earnest when my grandmother died. (deterioration, decline, worsening)
He accepted my declination of his offer with a smile and a handshake, to show there were no hard feelings. (refusal)
I was surprised to receive Betty's declination; I thought she would definitely come to the party. (polite refusal)
This road has a sudden, sharp declination, so be very careful as you're driving. (downgrade, downward slope)
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