Examples of diminution in a Sentence
a diminution of 60 percent over the course of the month
Recent Examples of diminution from the Web
Mr. Kerry argued that Japan would be unnerved by any diminution of the American nuclear umbrella, and perhaps be tempted to obtain their own weapons.
His intelligence apparatus points to a diminished al-Qaida, yet there is no such diminution of the security apparatus established to bring about that action.
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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.
DIMINUTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diminution for English Language Learners
: the act or process of becoming less
Legal Definition of diminution
: the act, process, or an instance of making less diminution of access to health care — U.S. Code
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