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



    BrE BrE//dɪˈklenʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈklenʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] a set of nouns, adjectives or pronouns that change in the same way to show case, number and gender See related entries: Grammar
  2. 2[uncountable] the way in which some sets of nouns, adjectives and pronouns change their form or endings to show case, number or gender See related entries: Grammar
  3. Word Originlate Middle English declinson, from Old French declinaison, from decliner ‘to decline’. The change in the ending was probably due to association with words such as ascension.
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