declination declination


  1. (n) a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
  2. (n) a downward slope or bend
  3. (n) (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
  4. (n) a polite refusal of an invitation


  1. This is merely a declination of an honor I do not deserve, if it should turn out that the first issue of Ken is a great success, which I hope it will be.
  2. For all her declination toward the horizontal, Sally Jay is not all bed.


  • Swallow’s lawyer expects feds to clear his client — maybe soon

    An attorney for embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he believes the U.S. Department of Justice is winding down its investigation, and he anticipates his client will be cleared of wrongdoing, potentially in the near future. But if Utah’s top cop does receive a declination letter from Justice’s Public Integrity Section, it could have little bearing on other investigations into ...
    on August 24, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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subordinate subordinate
/sə ˈbɔr də ˌneɪt /