1. One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.
    You are a degenerate, boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.


  1. (of humans or systems) to lose good or desirable qualities;
    His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.


  1. (of qualities) Having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
  2. (of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
  3. (of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range.
    ''The genetic code is degenerate because a single amino acid can be coded by one of several codons.
  4. A degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
  5. Having the same quantum energy level.

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