degradation degradation  /ˌdɛ ɡrə ˈdeɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
  2. (n) a low or downcast state



  1. Environmental degradation robs the nation of up to 12% of its GDP, according to the World Bank, and each year 300,000 Chinese die prematurely of respiratory ailments.
  2. It wasn't bound up with the seizure and degradation of public space.
  3. Scientists say the species is probably extinct, the victim of overfishing and environmental degradation on China's crowded waterway.


  1. Envisat And Sentinel-2 To Provide Gambia Help From Above

    ESA Press Release Satellites are being used to promote agriculture in one of the world’s poorest countries. Named after the river that traverses the country from east to west, The Gambia is the smallest nation on mainland Africa. The majority of the population depends on agriculture for its livelihood, but the country’s land is constantly subject to soil erosion, degradation and sea-water ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: redOrbit

  2. Can 2013-14 LA Lakers Pull off Spurs-Style Return to Glory?

    As the San Antonio Spurs have put the Miami Heat on their heels in the NBA Finals, it's making a lot of people rethink how to build a basketball team, and perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers should take note. Two years ago, the general consensus was that the Spurs were too old and that they were looking at a slow degradation into a team in dire need of a rebuild. They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Amtrak chief: Reduced NEC investment having negative results

    The reduced level of federal investment in Northeast Corridor (NEC) infrastructure has resulted in a cumulative degradation of its components, nearing the loss of asset functionality and decreased reliability of the system that threatens the successful continuity of passenger rail operations, Amtrak President/CEO Joe Boardman told a Congressional committee late last week.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Metro Magazine


  1. The Taiwan fiasco, which was only discovered in March, was merely a "symptom of a degradation of the authority, standards of excellence and technical competence" of the country's intercontinental ballistic missile inventory, Gates said during a...
    on Jun 6, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source:

  2. Jackson called the firing "a victory for public decency. No one should use the public airwaves to transmit racial or sexual degradation."
    on Apr 11, 2007 By: Jesse Jackson Source: International Herald Tribune

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