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 for shrinkage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrinkage \Shrink"age\, n.
     1. The act of shrinking; a contraction into less bulk or
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     2. The amount of such contraction; the bulk or dimension lost
        by shrinking, as of grain, castings, etc.
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     3. Decrease in value; depreciation. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: process or result of becoming less or smaller; "the
           material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage" [syn:
           shrinking, shrinkage]
      2: the amount by which something shrinks
      3: the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store;
         "shrinkage is the retail trade's euphemism for shoplifting"
         [syn: shoplifting, shrinkage]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrinkage":
     Sanforizing, ablation, atrophy, attenuation, attrition,
     consumption, corrosion, curtailment, cut, cutting, decrease,
     decrement, deliquescence, depletion, depreciation, derogation,
     detraction, diminution, dip, disparagement, dissipation,
     dissolution, drain, drying, drying up, emaceration, emaciation,
     erosion, evaporation, exhaustion, expenditure, extraction,
     impairment, impoverishment, leakage, lessening, loss, parching,
     preshrinkage, reduction, remission, retraction, retrenchment,
     searing, shortening, shrinking, shriveling, thinning, truncation,
     using, using up, wastage, waste, wasting, wear and tear, wearing,
     wearing away, withering

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