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English noun: extinction

1. extinction (state) no longer active; extinguished

SamplesThe extinction of the volcano.

Broader (hypernym)inaction, inactiveness, inactivity


2. extinction (state) no longer in existence

SamplesThe extinction of a species.


Broader (hypernym)death

3. extinction (process) the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

Part holonymabsorption, scattering

4. extinction (event) complete annihilation

SamplesThey think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs.


Broader (hypernym)annihilation, disintegration

5. extinction (cognition) a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus

Synonymsexperimental extinction

Broader (hypernym)conditioning

6. extinction (act) the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning

SamplesThe extinction of the lights.

Synonymsextinguishing, quenching

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

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