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reduction

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1 something that is or may be subtracted
  • there was a sizable reduction in her weekly pay when she decided to buy health insurance

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2 the amount by which something is lessened
  • saw an 11% reduction in the number of students applying to the school

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3 the act or an instance of bringing to a lower grade or rank
  • the captain was punished with a reduction to lieutenant

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The first known use of reduction was in the 15th century

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“Reduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/reduction. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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