Definition of attrition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪʃn//
    [uncountable] (formal) Conflict
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  1. 1a process of making somebody/something, especially your enemy, weaker by repeatedly attacking them or creating problems for them It was a war of attrition. These were the economics not of efficiency but of attrition. See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2(especially North American English) (British English also natural wastage) the process of reducing the number of people who are employed by an organization by, for example, not replacing people who leave their jobs
  3. Word Originlate Middle English : from late Latin attritio(n-), from atterere ‘to rub’.
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