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English noun: extinction

1. extinction (state) no longer active; extinguished


SamplesThe extinction of the volcano.


Broader (hypernym)inaction, inactiveness, inactivity


Attributeextinct

2. extinction (state) no longer in existence


SamplesThe extinction of a species.


Synonymsdefunctness


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.


Synonymsextermination


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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