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To reduce the force or severity; to lessen a relationship or connection between two objects.

In Criminal Procedure, the relationship between an illegal search and a confession may be sufficiently attenuated as to remove the confession from the protection afforded by the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree doctrine, thereby making it admissible as evidence in a criminal prosecution depending upon the facts of the case.


verb attenuare, bate, constrict, constringe, contract, curtail, debilitate, decrease, deflate, devitalize, diminish in effect, extenuare, extenuate, lessen, lighten, make thin, narrow, reduce, reduce in intensity, reeuce in strength, render threadlike, taper, weaken, weaken in force
Associated concepts: attenuation between a cause and the result, proximate cause, remote cause
See also: alleviate, decrease, depreciate, dilute, disarm, discount, extenuate, lessen, minimize, reduce
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A three-layer installation process begins with gluing a sound attenuating blanket directly into a concrete slab.
The meta-analysis also found NSAIDs to be of limited use in attenuating acute pain in the short term.
The Skeletal Sub Structure (SSS System) of the Pro-Elite is comprised of three different kinds of foam, creating a light, stiff skeleton, which supports the shell and assists in attenuating impacts.
Jonas has written that, in approaching space as a medium, she looks for "ways of dislocating it, attenuating it, flattening it, turning it inside out, always attempting to explore it without ever giving to myself or to others the permission to penetrate it.
TMDH, which was granted a patent at the end of last year, will be used to identify attenuating genes and surface proteins for a potential vaccine candidate against a pathogen selected by Acambis.
72-78) The role of ROS in promoting cellular death in the inner ear and the protective effects of antioxidants and ROS scavengers in attenuating ischemia/reperfusion-induced and noise-induced cochlear damage have been substantiated in many animal studies.