Consider the word 'cheat'. Removing letters one at a time will leave a sequence of words, all the way down to one letter:
What is the longest word with this property?
Allowing for occurance of obsolete/obscure words and proper names , an 11 letter word (Emasculated) with this property is possible, since:
Masculate(obsolete word; meaning, to make stong)
Maculae (plural of macula, variant of macule)
Macule (skin spot)
Edited on April 16, 2007, 3:03 pm