Definition of diminished 

of a musical interval

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

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Irregular ovulation, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and diminished ovarian reserve due to age contribute to female infertility. Brennan Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "5 myths about infertility," 26 June 2018 Investors took fright over the country’s high dependency on foreign funding and began to question the ability of Turkish corporations to repay hefty foreign-currency debt with heavily diminished Turkish lira. Yeliz Candemir, WSJ, "Turkey Bond Issue Signals Brighter Outlook for Stricken Economy," 8 Nov. 2018 Both the dying Hugo and the diminished Toby might benefit from this arrangement. Maureen Corrigan, The Seattle Times, "Fans of Tana French are in for a surprise with ‘The Witch Elm’," 23 Oct. 2018 Every other camera now feels a little diminished by comparison to Leica’s upcoming flagship S3 medium format DSLR. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Leica S3 is a frustratingly awesome medium format DSLR," 27 Sep. 2018 Now, after the successful Newman recall, its backers are imagining even greater opportunities to revive the GOP's diminished relevance in California. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Rent control, data privacy and gas taxes for roads: Get ready for the next election," 7 June 2018 After showing diminished velocity throughout spring training and early in the regular season, Norris’ second start on April 29 was cut short, throwing just 2 2/3 innings. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Daniel Norris back on feet after successful surgery," 3 May 2018 Now, both lawyers are out — leaving Trump with a diminished team and aides frantically searching for new lawyers. John Wagner, Washington Post, "Trump may be preparing to make more administration personnel changes," 25 Mar. 2018 The easy crutch is to say it’s all about his diminished velocity, which has gone from 94.1 mph on his fastball in 2014 to 90.3 mph this season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Twitter mailbag: Will Felix Hernandez pitch in the postseason if the Mariners make it? Cano to first base? And Magnum P.I.?," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of diminished

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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