- The definition of attrition means wearing down or wasting away, or the natural decline in the number of people working in an organization.
- An example of attrition is a cliff face eroding due to rain and wind.
- An example of attrition is one army wearing down another throughout the course of a war.
- the act or process of wearing away or grinding down by friction
- any gradual wearing or weakening, esp. to the point of exhaustion: a siege is a battle of attrition
- loss of personnel in an organization in the normal course of events, as by retirement
- Theol. repentance that is not perfect because not prompted solely by sorrow for having offended God
Origin: Middle English attricioun ; from Classical Latin attritio ; from attritus, past participle of atterere, to wear, rub away ; from ad-, to plush terere, to rub: see throw
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- A rubbing away or wearing down by friction.
- A gradual diminution in number or strength because of constant stress.
- A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death.
- Repentance for sin motivated by fear of punishment rather than by love of God.
Origin: Middle English attricioun, regret, breaking, from Old French attrition, abrasion, from Late Latin attrītiō, attrītiōn-, act of rubbing against, from Latin attrītus, past participle of atterere, to rub against : ad-, against; see ad- + terere, to rub; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- at·triˈtion·al adjective
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