weakening

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Verb[edit]

weakening

  1. present participle of weaken

Noun[edit]

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weakening (countable and uncountable, plural weakenings)

  1. An instance or process of loss of strength.
    • Charles Dickens
      That immortal creature had gone over the proofs with great pains — had of course taken out the stiflings — hard-plungings, lungeings, and other convulsions — and had also taken out her weakenings and damagings of her own effects.
  2. (uncountable, mathematics) A structural principle of mathematical logic that states that the hypotheses of any derived fact may be freely extended with additional assumptions.