attrition attrition  /ə ˈtrɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a wearing down to weaken or destroy
  2. (n) erosion by friction
  3. (n) the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
  4. (n) sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
  5. (n) the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction


  • There was tension in the borders resuling into constant attrition in the ranks of both the countries.


  1. iOS 7: Apple’s war against jailbreaking now makes perfect sense

    Apple has been locked in a long-term war of attrition against iOS jailbreakers...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: MacDailyNews

  2. Allentown School District notifies 99 teachers they are laid off

    While 132 teaching positions will be eliminated under a proposed $242 million budget, the teachers union president said only 99 actual employees will lose their jobs due to attrition.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Express-Times

  3. Allentown School District to lay off 99 teachers

    A total of132 teaching positions are being eliminated, 33 of them through attrition. Teacher rallies, parent protests and desperate pleas to the school board couldn't change the bottom line. Allentown School District had to cut. And nearly 100 teachers are losing their jobs.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Morning Call


  1. Saying the screeners had been beset with "unusually high rates of attrition, vacancy, workplace injury, discrimination complaints and other indications of employee dissatisfaction," Lieberman predicted that the measure would improve security.
    on Feb 26, 2007 By: Joe Lieberman Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "There's so much attrition in baseball. I think the minute we start counting on having a six-man rotation or give it any serious consideration, that's when we lose a pitcher or two in spring training," Epstein said. "I'm sure that topic will...
    on Nov 5, 2007 By: Theo Epstein Source: ESPN

  3. "We have had tremendous attrition and a lot of loss of lives because of not having the right equipment," he pointed out.
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Husain Haqqani Source:

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