- 1The process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure: the council is trying to wear down the opposition by attrition the squadron suffered severe attrition of its bombersMore example sentences
- He counted on air supremacy to allow his forces to reduce the communists by attrition, and he seemed to believe that UN ground forces could handle the survivors.
- As long as the war was kept in that context, they could sustain the years of attrition.
- Their game is a form of physical attrition of the opposition.
- 1.1chiefly North American & Australian /NZ The gradual reduction of a workforce by employees leaving and not being replaced rather than by redundancy: the company said that it will reduce its worldwide employment by about 10% through attritionMore example sentences
- Steps like these have helped it shrink its workforce through attrition, from a peak of 804,000 in 1999 to 701,000 today.
- To that end, given the demographics of our workforce, we plan to achieve much of this reduction via attrition and early-retirement programs.
- Retirement was listed as the reason for 9.2% of the employee attrition.
- 1.2Wearing away by friction; abrasion: the skull shows attrition of the edges of the teethMore example sentences
- Teeth may be damaged by dental caries, trauma, erosion, attrition, and abrasion or lost through periodontal disease.
- Further, X-rays showed there was no deposit of secondary dentine as would have been expected if the abrasion had been due to natural attrition before death.
- In this hypothesis, the silts form by aeolian abrasion and attrition of sand grains and by rock-weathering processes.
- 2(In scholastic theology) sorrow for sin, falling short of contrition.More example sentences
- I should mention before I go through with this final act of attrition that if I misbehaved so egregiously over the past year, it must certainly reflect negatively on you both as parents.
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- This will be a very hard, attritional war, and there will be casualties.
- The war would be waged as an attritional struggle against the occupying forces.
- The game took a decidedly attritional approach from the beginning.
late Middle English (in sense 2): from late Latin attritio(n-), from atterere 'to rub'.