Attrition vs Consumption - What's the difference?

attrition | consumption |

As nouns the difference between attrition and consumption

is that attrition is wearing or grinding down by friction while consumption is the act of consuming something.




  • wearing or grinding down by friction
  • the gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
  • (human resources) A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death
  • (sciences) The loss of participants during an experiment
  • (theology) Imperfect contrition or remorse
  • (dentistry) The wearing of teeth due to their grinding
  • Synonyms

    * (employment reduction by natural causes) natural wastage


    * accretion

    Derived terms

    * attrit * attritional * attritionary * attritive * attrition damage






  • The act of consuming something.
  • The fire's consumption of the forest caused ecological changes.
  • The amount consumed.
  • gross national consumption
  • (pathology) The wasting-away of the human body through disease.
  • (senseid)(pathology, dated) Pulmonary tuberculosis.
  • Derived terms

    * autoconsumption, self-consumption. * conspicuous consumption.

    See also