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attrition

1. Geography the grinding down of rock particles by friction during transportation by water, wind, or ice
2. Theol sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation, esp as contrasted with contrition, which arises purely from love of God

attrition

[ə′trish·ən]
(geology)
The act of wearing and smoothing of rock surfaces by the flow of water charged with sand and gravel, by the passage of sand drifts, or by the movement of glaciers.
(materials)
Wear caused by rubbing or friction. For metal surfaces, also known as scoring; scouring.
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A proportion of any reduction will be through natural wastage as employees retire, or not replacing staff who leave.
Of the 4500 jobs we have shed since 2004, natural wastage has accounted for 2793.
The changes will come into force between next April and 2017 - and will lead to the loss of 102 full-time firefighting posts, they say through natural wastage.
If not enough people leave over the next four years through natural wastage, the redundancy bill could rise to pounds 25m.
It is hoped that any reduction will be achieved through natural wastage and development of existing staff and roles.
As a result the firm saw its staff cut from 446 to 316 as business consolidated into two operational units, North and South, with the North East workforce dropping from 76 to 64 through natural wastage.
Ian Stone of Deloitte's Cardiff office said: "Although businesses are looking to reduce the number of people they employ, it is clear that the majority of businesses are looking to currently achieve this though natural wastage rather than through redundancies.
It has shed around 700 UK workers in the year so far, mainly through natural wastage.
It foresees cutting most of the 4,000 jobs through voluntary departures and natural wastage.
The Health Department said 500 staff had gone already in the past year through natural wastage and unfilled vacancies.
We have been fully consulted and we are confident that the vast majority of job losses will be dealt with through natural wastage and redeployment.
Overall the changes would result in a reduction of around seven posts achieved through natural wastage.