Noun(1) a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances(2) to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
(1) Previous research has shown that high-stress individuals and their spouses are at risk for a variety of negative outcomes, including marital and emotional distress, and that social support may attenuate these effects.(2) Long-term exposure to allergens can attenuate inflammation and revert airway hyperreactivity to normal responsiveness.(3) Clinicians should refer cocaine-exposed children to early intervention services to attenuate long-term effects.(4) I think that there are strategies by which we can at least attenuate the negative effects of globalisation, but these strategies need to be more sophisticated than organised protest.(5) Indeed, distance may strengthen, rather than attenuate social relationships, Fischer argues, and that seems to have been the case in this immigrant community.(6) So it's feasible to raise enough antibody there to either completely block or very substantially attenuate the effects that nicotine would have.(7) In other words, we anticipated that positive family relationships would attenuate the effect of individual differences that have been shown to be related to depressed mood.(8) On the other hand, for their own analysis Carling et al. used an attenuate isosceles triangle with a blunt snout as their model organism, rather than the profile of an eel.(9) We expected that family conflict and depression symptoms would generally function as mediators, but also assessed whether they would exacerbate or attenuate the effects of parental drinking problems on children's adjustment.(10) Ascorbate treatment also attenuated the detrimental effects of the silver nitrate on the plant tissue, considerably reducing the necrotic lesions.(11) You don't have a choice in stereo: You force everything into that left/right soundfield by selectively boosting or attenuating certain frequencies to enhance those instruments.(12) Notice that UHF frequencies are attenuated much more than VHF.(13) Social inequalities could never be eliminated, only attenuated .(14) I do not believe this attenuates the force of any judgement against those responsible for such attacks.(15) An existing, attenuated vaccine against yellow fever is not very effective for just this reason and has to be administered every four years.(16) Semiconductor photodiodes offer high-sensitivity and low-noise operation, enabling them to detect very low light levels; attenuating filters must be used for high powers.
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