Definition of diminished 

of a musical interval

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

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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 Holland has shown a weakness over the years for players who've shown something in the past, even if those players arrive with diminished ability to show it. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Did Detroit Red Wings help or hurt rebuild with veteran signings?," 8 July 2018 Less-skilled workers often are forced to accept lower wages, inferior benefits and diminished job security. William A. Galston, WSJ, "The Case for Responsible Nationalism," 27 Mar. 2018 Even after the ties were loosened, the participants' cerebral blood flow continued to remain diminished by an average of 5.7 percent, according to Forbes. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Hate wearing a tie to work? Study shows peril of 'socially desirable strangulation'," 9 July 2018 Gibson, the Negro League baseball player whose legendary baseball prowess was diminished not being allowed to play in the segregated baseball league, was long considered one of the best power hitters and catchers ever in any league. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "MOT, Willie Horton celebrate Negro Leagues player Josh Gibson," 19 May 2018

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circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

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