AskDefine | Define demotion

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demotion n : act of lowering in rank or position [ant: promotion]

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  1. an act of demoting; a lowering of rank or status


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A demotion is a reduction in rank or position in an organizational hierarchy system. This can often be caused by work habits or behavior that do not conform to the rules established by the organization. The opposite is a promotion.
In sports leagues, this is usually called relegation.
seealso Reduction in rank
demotion in Dutch: Demotie
demotion in Polish: Degradacja (wojsko)

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