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Definition of subsidence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈsʌbsədəns//
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the process by which an area of land sinks to a lower level than normal, or by which a building sinks into the ground The houses in this area are liable to subsidence. The buildings were insured against fire, subsidence and earthquakes. The roots of the trees are causing subsidence damage to the building. The road was closed because of subsidence.
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