depletion depletion  /dɪ ˈpli ʃən/


  1. (n) the act of decreasing something markedly
  2. (n) the state of being depleted


  1. More important it is likely that the domestic depletion allowance will be abolished or substantially reduced.
  2. Certain that depletion was politically unsupportable in the face of soaring oil-company profits and that its repeal would eventually pass in some form.
  3. Only the depletion allowance, they say, keeps them hunting and keeps oil prices from soaring.


  • Satellite data will be essential to future of groundwater, flood and drought management

    New satellite imagery reveals that several areas across the US are all but certain to suffer water-related catastrophes, including extreme flooding, drought and groundwater depletion. A new report underscores the urgent need to address these current and rapidly emerging water issues at the national scale in the U.S.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. Clinton told students that while they are graduating in a "culturally diverse and creative time," they also face a world marred by "inequality, insecurity, and - because of climate change and resource depletion - unsustainability."
    on May 19, 2007 By: Bill Clinton Source: USA Today

  2. "That's just the league, unfortunately," Giants halfback Tiki Barber said of the changes. "It takes one thing. For the Cowboys, it was Tony Romo providing a spark. For us, it's a depletion of some of our talent."
    on Dec 2, 2006 By: Tiki Barber Source: Forbes

  3. "Sudan's tragedy is not just the tragedy of one country in Africa," said Achim Steiner, executive director of the UNEP in a statement. "It is a window to a wider world underlining how issues such as uncontrolled depletion of natural resources...
    on Jul 1, 2007 By: Achim Steiner Source:

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