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Definition of diminution:

  1. In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the subject itself.
  2. Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record.
  3. The act of diminishing, or of making or becoming less; state of being diminished; reduction in size, quantity, or degree; - opposed to augmentation or increase.
  4. The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in estimation; degradation; abasement.

Synonyms:

descent, taper, decay, declivity, increase, simplification, reduction, drop-off, cutback, lessening, diminishment, decrement, decline, downslope, declension, step-down, decrease, curtailment, cut, drain, abatement, fall, slash, declination, reducing, slowdown.

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