Etymology
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decrement (n.)

1620s, "act or state of decreasing;" 1660s, "quantity lost by gradual waste," from Latin decrementum "diminution," from stem of decrescere "to grow less, diminish," from de "away from" (see de-) + crescere "to grow" (from PIE root *ker- (2) "to grow").

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Definitions of decrement

decrement (n.)
the amount by which something decreases;
Synonyms: decrease
decrement (n.)
a process of becoming smaller or shorter;
Synonyms: decrease
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