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Noun: declination  ,de-kli'ney-shun
  1. A condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
    - decline
     
  2. A downward slope or bend
    - descent, declivity, fall, decline, declension, downslope
     
  3. (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body north or to the south of the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere
    - celestial latitude, dec
     
  4. A polite refusal of an invitation
    - regrets

Derived forms: declinations

Type of: acknowledgement, acknowledgment, angular distance, condition, incline, refusal, side, slope, status

Encyclopedia: Declination