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attrition

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attritionˈtrɪʃən/noun
attrition
ˈtrɪʃən/
noun
Learner's definition of ATTRITION  
[noncount]formal
chiefly US  : a reduction in the number of employees or participants that occurs when people leave because they resign, retire, etc., and are not replaced
— called also "British"natural wastage
: the act or process of weakening and gradually defeating an enemy through constant attacks and continued pressure over a long period of time — used especially in the phrase war of attrition
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