diminution - vocabulary

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diminution - noun

The process, act, or fact of lessening or diminishing; reduction.

Note: The adjective form diminutive often refers to people or things that are small or short. In grammar, a diminutive formation denotes smallness, familiarity, or triviality; the suffix -let in droplet produces a diminutive element.
Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support.

—President Andrew Jackson Sixth Annual Message to Congress December 1, 1834
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