diminishing diminishing  /dɪ ˈmɪ nɪ ʃɪŋ/


  • (adj) becoming smaller or less or appearing to do so


  1. Too much homework brings diminishing returns.
  2. Articulating today's zeitgeist, it's been used in newspaper editorials, politicians' speeches, commencement addresses, blog posts, and shows no sign of diminishing.
  3. The idea that high tax rates brought diminishing returns was not controversial or even new--Laffer traces it to 14th century Muslim philosopher Ibn Khaldun.


  1. Houston Forecast: Hot Tuesday evening, small chance for rain

    HOUSTON – Tuesday evening will remain hot, humid and sunny with temps in the mid-80s, said KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Brooks Garner. The chances for rain are diminishing for the rest of the week. High pressure is building in, pushing our temperatures higher in the coming days. We could see our first triple digit temps this weekend. “I think 100 [degrees] is quite attainable on Saturday even in ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: KHOU 11 Houston

  2. From Our Homepage

    The monarch butterfly is falling victim to summer heat in northern states and diminishing winter habitat in southern California and Mexico. Photo: Bob Owen, File Photo
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Westport News

  3. India's ONGC, Oil India to buy 10 pct in Mozambique gas field

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian state oil firms ONGC and Oil India Ltd have signed an agreement to buy a 10 percent stake in a Mozambique gas field from India's Videocon Group for $2.48 billion, the state companies said on Tuesday. ONGC, which faces diminishing supplies from its ageing oil and gas fields in India and has been buying interests in overseas assets, announced the deal earlier this month ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "We have the feeling — but we will continue to observe that with great attention — that what is needed in terms of level of interventions on our part has been progressively diminishing," Trichet said.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Jean-Claude Trichet Source: The Associated Press

  2. As a result, "output growth in Australia over the year ahead is likely to be about trend, even though the effects of earlier expansionary policy measures will be diminishing", according to the statement.
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Glenn Stevens Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. In a December op-ed piece, Byrd wrote that the West Virginia coal industry had to change in order to survive, and acknowledged: "It is also a reality that the practice of mountaintop-removal mining has a diminishing constituency in Washington."
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Robert Byrd Source: Tribune Review

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