Definition of Lessening

1. Noun. A change downward. "There was a sharp drop-off in sales"

Exact synonyms: Decrease, Drop-off
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Shrinkage, Shrinking, Casualty, Sinking, Attrition, Dwindling, Dwindling Away, Waning
Derivative terms: Decrease, Decrease, Drop Off
Antonyms: Increase

Definition of Lessening

1. Verb. (present participle of ''lessen'') ¹

2. Noun. A growing lesser; reduction or decrease. ¹

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Definition of Lessening

1. lessen [v] - See also: lessen

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lessening

less and less
less is more
less than
less than three
less than threed
less than threeing
less than threes
lesser alar cartilages
lesser anteater
lesser ape
lesser arterial circle of iris
lesser bilby
lesser bullrush
lesser burdock
lesser calamint
lesser celandine
lesser celandines

Literary usage of Lessening

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Modern Factory: Safety, Sanitation and Welfare by George Moses Price (1914)
"Lessening the Dangers of Work. A most important function of employers' welfare work is the improvement of the physical condition of the workers by lessening ..."

2. The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses by William Horatio Bates (1920)
"... namely, that myopia (or a lessening of hypermetropia) is always associated with a strain to see at the distance, while hypermetropia (or a lessening of ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"He then had a left partial hemiplegia involving only arm and leg, with some lessening of the deep reflexes on that side, no clonus, no "Babinski. ..."

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