n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
n. gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death; wearing or grinding down by friction
In the 1960s urban churches suffered from attrition as members moved from the cities to the suburbs.
Some current bar officials say the high attrition rate shows that these schools are rigorous enough to weed out students who have little chance of success.
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But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the attrition of thinking them over, and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream, after all.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain Context