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  • adj. becoming smaller
  • v. Present participle of diminish.
  • n. A diminishment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. becoming smaller or less or appearing to do so


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  • To which I'd add that, to all intents, the term diminishing spare production capacity can be used interchangeably with peak oil.

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  • They outlined their concerns about what they called the "diminishing of the standards applied to the teaching of science in our universities" and "the increased teaching of pseudoscience."

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  • When it comes to the priciest products, a skeptic can explain diminishing returns in performance, lament inscrutable audiophile jargon or point to products that are, by his judgment, "good enough."

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  • Mrs. Clinton did appear to make progress Saturday in diminishing fears that China might use its monopoly over rare-earth materials as a political weapon against Japan and other competitors.

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  • I'm writing to say by god I agree with everything Former President Clinton said about how he was abandoned by flunky politicians, and that my blood also rises when I remember how shamefully he was treated - and not only him but also anyone he would want to protect were the prey of a lizard-like yet vicious pleasure the Republicans and gradually more Democrats took in diminishing him.

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  • The circumvented brokers and weighmen envisioned the declining fruit trade would also be reflected in diminishing Peshawar municipal octroi receipts.

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  • Over the past few decades Republicans have come to rely heavily on, and cater to, the Christian right as a key voting bloc, but they now face a problem we might term diminishing electoral returns.

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  • Importantly, animal experiments have exhausted resources that could have been dedicated to educating the public about health hazards and health maintenance, therein diminishing the incidence of diseases that require treatment.

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  • I bit my tongue, but I believed that this cover policy succeeded in diminishing the appeal and significance of the Book Review, one of the Times's signature sections.

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  • The reason why class-hatred seems to be diminishing is that nowadays it tends not to get into print, partly owing to the mealy-mouthed habits of our time, partly because newspapers and even books now have to appeal to a working-class public.

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