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1having lost the physical, mental, or moral qualities considered normal and desirable; showing evidence of decline:a degenerate form of a higher civilization 2 technical lacking some property, order, or distinctness of structure previously or usually present, in particular. Mathematics relating to or denoting an example of a particular type of equation, curve, or other entity that is equivalent to a simpler type, often occurring when a variable or parameter is set to zero. Physics relating to or denoting an energy level that corresponds to more than one quantum state. Physics relating to or denoting matter at densities so high that gravitational contraction is counteracted either by the Pauli exclusion principle or by an analogous quantum effect between closely packed neutrons. Biology having reverted to a simpler form as a result of losing a complex or adaptive structure present in the ancestral form.
an immoral or corrupt person.
decline or deteriorate physically, mentally, or morally:the quality of life had degenerated the debate degenerated into a brawl