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English noun: diminution

1. diminution (process) change toward something smaller or lower


Broader (hypernym)decrease, decrement

Narrower (hyponym)declension, decline in quality, deterioration, detumescence, ebb, ebbing, erosion, loss, nosedive, sinking spell, slippage, wane, worsening

2. diminution (communication) the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)

Broader (hypernym)statement


3. diminution (act) the act of decreasing or reducing something

Synonymsdecrease, reduction, step-down

Broader (hypernym)change of magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)alleviation, amortisation, amortization, contraction, cut, cutback, de-escalation, declassification, deduction, deduction, deflation, depletion, depreciation, devaluation, devitalisation, devitalization, discount, easement, easing, extenuation, lowering, minimisation, minimization, mitigation, mitigation, moderation, palliation, price reduction, relief, reverse split, reverse stock split, rollback, shelter, shortening, shrinking, split down, subtraction, tax credit, tax shelter, weakening

Antonymsstep-up, increase

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