Attrition meaning

ə-trĭshən
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.

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A rubbing away or wearing down by friction.
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Loss of personnel in an organization in the normal course of events, as by retirement.
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Any gradual wearing or weakening, esp. to the point of exhaustion.

A siege is a battle of attrition.

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Repentance that is not perfect because not prompted solely by sorrow for having offended God.
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A loss or weakening. Attrition often refers to a reduction of employees in an organization due to resignation, retirement and death. See attrition rate.
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(human resources) A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death.
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The act or process of wearing away or grinding down by friction.
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(sciences) The loss of participants during an experiment.
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Repentance for sin motivated by fear of punishment rather than by love of God.
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Wearing or grinding down by friction.
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The gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
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(theology) Imperfect contrition or remorse.
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Origin of attrition

  • 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 ad– terere to rub terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin attritio (“a rubbing against”), from the verb attritus, past participle of atterere (“to wear”), from ad- (“to, towards”) + terere (“to rub”).

    From Wiktionary