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    #1

    declension

    please help me find what means "declension"in the following sentence:
    "The classical liberal subject strived to preserve its identity and autonomy along with its plurality; now in a drastic declension of that process , the subject of a more advanced phase of middle-class society is compelled to sacrifice its truth and identity to its plurality"

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    #2

    Re: declension

    It can mean that something is turning something worse or going down.


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    #3

    Re: declension

    how about "deviation"?

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    Re: declension

    Why? A deviation is a change in direction and it implies that they could return. It could work, but it doesn't necessarily capture the ideas of it being a deterioration.

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