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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of attenuate.
  • adj. Made, or become weak; subject to attenuation
  • adj. Long and tapering (especially of leaves)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Thin; slender: as, long attenuated fingers: attenuated parchment.
  • Thin in consistency; diluted; rarefied: as, “attenuated small beer,”

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  • adj. reduced in strength
  • adj. of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion


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  • So the conclusion is 'attenuated' in the sense that it is little more than an existence argument: it argues for the existence of something under a very vague description, and Philo wishes to insist and at great length on just how vague that description is.

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