What is the opposite of development?

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Noun
Opposite of the build up to something more advanced
“Recent years have seen a decline in the company's influence within the industry.”
Noun
Opposite of a newly occurring incident in a current state of affair
“Our reporters have reached a standstill in their reporting due to authorities blocking their access to the site.”
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Opposite of the process of growing up
“Her regression would begin with her experiencing fatigue and a general lack of energy.”
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Opposite of the progressive aspect of a learned skill
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“The diminishment in his performance can only be attributed to his inability to cope with the loss of his coach.”
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Opposite of the creation or forming of
“Plans call for the demolition of the racetrack and grandstand to provide the necessary space for expansion.”
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Opposite of the resultant occurrence
“The chief cause of the end of the cold war was the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.”
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Opposite of the act or process of being transformed into a different form
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Opposite of an improvement to the quality or state of something
Noun
Opposite of the arrival of a notable person or thing
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(of plants or species) Opposite of the process of maturation
“The withering of plants can be accelerated through the use of herbicide.”
Noun
Opposite of an occurrence, or something that happens
“As it turned out, it was nothing!”
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Opposite of something invented through research and development
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Opposite of something created or contrived, usually with new or advanced features
“Two years later he wrote an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, called by novelist Tom Sharpe the archetypal picture of English life.”
Noun
Opposite of an event or occurrence, especially one that is noteworthy
Noun
Opposite of a general direction in which something is developing or changing
“He also continues to cut on film, a noticeable deviation from the industry standard of nonlinear digital editing.”
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Opposite of the process of becoming different
Stagnation in our product is acceptable for now as it is still dominant in the market.”
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Opposite of the action or process of nurturing or cultivating someone or something
“He delivered a powerful moment of emotion when he spoke about coming from a life of neglect but forgave his mother because of her own inauspicious upbringing.”
Noun
Opposite of an act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed
Noun
Opposite of the point in time or space at which something begins
“There is no need to throw in the towel just because someone predicts the end is nigh.”
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Opposite of the action of establishing something or being established
Noun
Opposite of an incident or event
Noun
Opposite of something, typically a process or device, that has been invented
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Opposite of the good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity
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