wastage

wastage
wastage
should not be used as a synonym of the noun waste, but has special (often technical and always non-judgemental) meanings: (1) loss by natural means, e.g. wear or erosion, (2) an amount wasted, (3) in the phrase natural wastage, reduction in staffing by resignations and retirement rather than enforced redundancies. Waste has connotations of disapproval in its meaning ‘a bad use of resources or assets’ (as in go to waste, a waste of time, etc.), but is neutral when it means ‘refuse, unwanted material or food’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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