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senescent (si-NES-uhnt) adjective

Growing old; aging.

[Latin senescens, senescent-, present participle of senescere, to grow old, inchoative of senere, to be old, from senex, sen-, old.]

"The uplifter at the Christian Science Monitor was recently citing not only the senescent tennis stars but the nonagenarian lady who had climbed Mount Fuji." Daniel Seligman, Patty de Llosa, Keeping Up: Guess what's sacred at Stanford, the case for ageism, panhandler rights, and other matters. Fortune, 17 Dec 1990.

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