- a bending or sloping downward; slope; descent
- a falling off or away; decline; deterioration
Origin of declensionfrom the concept of cases as “declining” from the nominative: cf. case, nounGram.
- a class of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives having the same or a similar system of inflections to show case
- the inflection of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives
Origin of declensionMiddle English declenson from Old French declinaison from Classical Latin declinatio, a bending aside, inflection ( from past participle of declinare: see decline): Middle English form influenced, influence by associated, association with Classical Latin descensio, a descending: see descend