diminution

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noun dim·i·nu·tion \ˌdi-mə-ˈnü-shən also -ˈnyü-\

Definition of diminution

  1. :  the act, process, or an instance of becoming gradually less (as in size or importance) :  the act, process, or an instance of diminishing :  decrease a diminution in value

Examples of diminution in a Sentence

  1. a diminution of 60 percent over the course of the month

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Did You Know?

We find "diminution" in print for the first time in Geoffrey Chaucer's poetical work "Troilus and Criseyde." Chaucer used "make diminution" in contrast to the verb "increase" (he could have used the verb "decrease," but he needed to create a weak rhyme with "discretion"). "Diminution" came to English by way of Anglo-French from Latin. Its Latin ancestor deminuere ("to diminish") is also an ancestor of "diminishment," a synonym of "diminution" that English speakers have been using since the 16th century.

Origin and Etymology of diminution

Middle English diminucioun, from Anglo-French diminutiun, from Medieval Latin diminution-, diminutio, alteration of Latin deminution-, deminutio, from deminuere —see diminish


DIMINUTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of diminution for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of becoming less


Law Dictionary

diminution

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noun dim·i·nu·tion \ˌdi-mə-ˈnü-shən, -ˈnyü-\

Legal Definition of diminution

  1. :  the act, process, or an instance of making less diminution of access to health care — U.S. Code



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