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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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173) Furthermore, the concurrent systemic twice-daily administration of D-methionine and gentamicin significantly attenuates auditory threshold shifts in guinea pigs.
The AGC Circuitry--The automatic gain control circuit boosts low-level signals and attenuates (slightly diminishes) high-level signals.
It is known from preclinical animal studies that pretreatment with MPL attenuates the responses to a lethal or toxic dose of endotoxin.