A function decreases on an Interval if for all , where . Conversely, a function increases on an Interval if for all with .

If the Derivative of a Continuous Function satisfies on an Open Interval , then is decreasing on . However, a function may decrease on an interval without having a derivative defined at all points. For example, the function is decreasing everywhere, including the origin , despite the fact that the Derivative is not defined at that point.

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