[dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/
tending to .
characterized by degeneration.
(of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse
1846; see degenerate + -ive.
degenerative de·gen·er·a·tive (dĭ-jěn’ər-ə-tĭv)
Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.
[non-di-grey-duh-buh l] /ˌnɒn dɪˈgreɪ də bəl/ adjective 1. not subject to or capable of degradation or decomposition: nondegradable waste. noun 2. something that is not degradable, as a chemical compound.
[adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt] /adjective dɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; verb dɪˈlɪb əˌreɪt/ adjective 1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie. 2. characterized by or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision. 3. leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow […]
[dih-mok-ruh-see] /dɪˈmɒk rə si/ noun, plural democracies. 1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. 2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada […]
[dem-uh-krat-ik] /ˌdɛm əˈkræt ɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy. 2. pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all: democratic treatment. 3. advocating or upholding democracy. 4. (initial capital letter) Politics. /ˌnɒndɛməˈkrætɪk/ adjective 1. not adhering to the principles or practice of […]