Part of speech: adjective

Continuing for ten years; occurring every ten years.

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Usage examples "decennial":

  1. This gospel of the blessedness of extinction has come too late to enable us to profit by it in our decennial enumeration. - "The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner", Charles Dudley Warner.
  2. For decades the decennial census dismally tolled the same knell of fifteen thousand in round numbers. - "In a Little Town", Rupert Hughes.
  3. The state legislature finds it necessary to redistrict the state if the decennial census shows that the population of the state has increased unequally in various sections, or in case the apportionment act of Congress changes the state's representation. - "Problems in American Democracy", Thames Ross Williamson.