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Definition of "decrement" [dec•re•ment]

  • The act or process of decreasing or becoming gradually less. (noun)
  • The amount lost by gradual diminution or waste. (noun)
  • Mathematics The amount by which a variable is decreased; a negative increment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decrement" in a sentence
  • "As regards the second argument -- the argument based on what is called the decrement -- has any one ever heard of any system of taxation which is run upon those lines?"
  • "A LIFO decrement occurs when inventory decreases, depleting layers added in earlier, generally lower cost, years."
  • "So what kind of decrement in SVR rates between twice daily and three times daily would begin to cause a problem for the twice daily regimen in your current opinion?"