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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delegating, delegation, relegating, relegation, deputationnoun

    authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions

  2. relegationnoun

    the act of assigning (someone or something) to a particular class or category

  3. relegationnoun

    mild banishment; consignment to an inferior position

    "he has been relegated to a post in Siberia"


  1. relegationnoun

    the act of being relegated

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Relegationnoun

    Exile; judicial banishment.

    Etymology: relegation, Fr. relegatio, Lat.

    According to the civil law, the extraordinary punishment of adultery was deportation or relegation. John Ayliffe.


  1. relegation

    In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between multiple divisions based on their performance for the completed season. Leagues that use promotion and relegation systems are often called open leagues. In a system of promotion and relegation, the best-ranked team(s) in the lower division are promoted to the higher division for the next season, and the worst-ranked team(s) in the higher division are relegated to the lower division for the next season. In some leagues, playoffs or qualifying rounds are also used to determine rankings. This process can continue through several levels of divisions, with teams being exchanged between adjacent divisions. During the season, teams that are high enough in the league table that they would qualify for promotion are sometimes said to be in the promotion zone, and those at the bottom are in the relegation zone or Reg zone (colloquially the drop zone or facing the drop).An alternate system of league organization, used primarily in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States, is a closed model based on licensing or franchises. This maintains the same teams from year to year, with occasional admission of expansion teams and relocation of existing teams, and with no team movement between the major league and minor leagues.


  1. relegation

    Relegation is the act of being demoted or moved to a lower position, rank, or status, often as a result of poor performance. This term is commonly used in sports leagues, where teams that finish in the bottom positions in a season are moved down to a lower division in the next season.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relegationnoun

    the act of relegating, or the state of being relegated; removal; banishment; exile

  2. Etymology: [L. relegatio: cf. F. relgation.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relegation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relegation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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