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Meaning & Definition of Extinction in English

English

Extinction

/ɪkstɪŋkʃən/

noun

1. No longer active

  • Extinguished
  • "The extinction of the volcano"
    synonym:
  • extinction

2. No longer in existence

  • "The extinction of a species"
    synonym:
  • extinction
  • ,
  • defunctness

3. The reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation

    synonym:
  • extinction

4. Complete annihilation

  • "They think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs"
    synonym:
  • extinction
  • ,
  • extermination

5. A conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus

    synonym:
  • extinction
  • ,
  • experimental extinction

6. The act of extinguishing

  • Causing to stop burning
  • "The extinction of the lights"
    synonym:
  • extinction
  • ,
  • extinguishing
  • ,
  • quenching

Examples of using

I want to help Native Americans to save their languages from extinction.
The violence by religious and nationalist ideals of a nation against another led to the creation of a new term to describe the cold desire for total extinction of a group of people, based on criteria of color, ethnicity, or religion.
Global climatic changes may have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.