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Wordnet 3.0


1. impaired by diminution;
[syn: diminished, lessened, vitiated, weakened]

2. decreased in severity; made less harsh;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lessen \Less"en\ (l[e^]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lessened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lessening.] [From Less, a.] To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune. [1913 Webster] Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment. --Calamy. [1913 Webster] St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it. --Atterbury. Syn: To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair; weaken; degrade. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

lessened adj 1: impaired by diminution [syn: diminished, lessened, vitiated, weakened] 2: decreased in severity; made less harsh