lessening lessening  /ˈlɛ sə nɪŋ/


  • (n) a change downward



  1. One disadvantage to holding gold is that no interest is earned but rates on dollar-denominated assets such as government bonds have fallen sharply, lessening that disadvantage.
  2. In hopes of damping down the perennial feud between California's Republican moderates and conservativesand thus lessening Democratic Governor Pat Brown's third-term.
  3. On Tuesday, the IEA released its medium-term oil market report at the congress, predicting a lessening of demand in the coming 18 months, but an increase after that.


  1. Climate Ready program offers local governments, private groups grant opportunities

    Local governments and private groups interested in lessening the effects of climate change on coastal resources can submit applications for funding through the California Coastal Conservancy.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Daily Breeze

  2. Republican Cowles will vote for budget

    Republican Sen. Rob Cowles says he will vote for the state budget, lessening Democratic hopes to block the bill.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Appleton Post-Crescent

  3. Private Lenders Ease Rules on Grads

    Sallie Mae and Discover are lessening the load of those saddled with student debt.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: TheStreet.com via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "What I said in the letter was that, obviously, to the extent that we are lessening Iran's commitment to nuclear weapons, then that reduces the pressure for, or the need for, a missile-defense system," Mr. Obama told reporters.
    on Mar 3, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. However, Paulson said waiting for this process to be completed should not be read "as any lessening of support for Paul" by the United States.
    on Apr 13, 2007 By: Henry Paulson Source: Forbes

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