What does attrition mean?

attrition meaning in General Dictionary

The act of massaging collectively friction the work of using by rubbing or by rubbing substances together abrasion

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  • erosion by friction
  • the wearing down of stone particles by rubbing because of liquid or wind or ice
  • sorrow for sin due to anxiety about damnation
  • an using down to damage or destroy
  • the act of rubbing collectively; wearing something down by friction
  • The work of massaging together; rubbing; the work of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; scratching.
  • The state of being used.
  • Grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or thoughts of pity. See Contrition.

attrition meaning in Law Dictionary

1. whenever employees falls because of normal, uncontrollable, and unstable elements. 2. dropping resouces once they become outdated or spoil.

attrition meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "abrasion, a scraping," from Latin attritionem (nominative attritio), virtually "a rubbing against," noun of action from past participle stem of atterere "to wear, rub away," figuratively "to destroy, waste," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + terere "to wipe" (see place (v.)). The first good sense in English is from Scholastic theology (belated 14c.), "sadness for sin merely out-of anxiety about punishment," a irritation, and so under contrition. The feeling of "wearing down of armed forces energy" is a World War we coinage (1914). Figurative usage by 1930.

attrition meaning in Business Dictionary

1. The unpredictable and uncontrollable, but typical, reduction of employees due to resignations, your retirement, vomiting, or demise. 2. Lack of a product or resource due to obsolescence or spoilage.

attrition - German to English


attrition meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The act of rubbing together; rubbing; the act of putting on by rubbing, or by rubbing substances collectively; scratching.

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  • (letter.) Hawaii of being worn.

Sentence Examples with the word attrition

Treating this rule as axiomatic the Schoolmen elaborated their analyses of the sacrament of penance, distinguishing form and matter, attrition and contrition, mortal and venial sins.

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