di·​min·​ished | \ də-ˈmi-nisht How to pronounce diminished (audio) \

Definition of diminished

of a musical interval
: made one half step less than perfect or minor a diminished fifth

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Plantings are far off last year’s levels, and suppliers have been pressed to fill even the diminished need for seed and other farming products because of flooding. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Freight’s Lower Gear; Warehousing’s Big Buy; Farming Under Water," 24 May 2019 Under a diminished capacity argument, Christian could be convicted of a lesser crime, such as first-degree manslaughter, for recklessly causing the death of Best and Namkai-Meche. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "What defenses could MAX stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian possibly mount?," 25 May 2018 Many Catholics expect additional disciplinary decisions by Francis — a native of Argentina and the first pope from the Americas — in an effort to restore parishioners’ diminished trust in the church. Jorge Poblete And Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops tied to Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal," 11 June 2018 The nurse, who suffers from diminished hearing in both ears and relies on hearing aids and reading lips, tried to push a panic alarm button but was unable to reach it during the attack because Beard restrained her, court records say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Patient attacks, gropes ER nurse at MetroHealth, police say," 8 Jan. 2018 Americans will begin filing their returns for tax year 2018 on Jan. 28 even as the partial government shutdown has the IRS operating at diminished capacity with unpaid workers. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "IRS Offers Penalty Reprieve to Taxpayers Adjusting to New Law," 16 Jan. 2019 The damage to Xerox, however, extended far beyond its diminished share of sales and profits. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Paper Jam! How Carl Icahn And a Billionaire Partner Blocked Xerox’s Merger with Fujifilm," 21 May 2018 Officials have said that diminished power, coupled with more than a dozen downed drainage pumps and short-handed staff, contributed to widespread flooding. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Sewerage & Water Board turbine back online after emergency repairs," 28 Mar. 2018 The delegation has tried to keep this tradition alive, even with diminished power to do so. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "If Democrats seize House, Massachusetts is poised to recapture some former glory," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of diminished

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diminished was circa 1751

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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