Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To diminish in quality, value, excellence or strength. See 17 Wash. 611, 61 Am. St. Rep. 932, 50 Pac. 489.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To weaken, diminish or relax or otherwise affect in an injurious manner. Davey v. Ætna L. Ins. Co. (C. C.) 20 Fed. 482; State v. Carew, 13 Rich. Law (S. Ct) 541, 91 Am. Dec. 245; Swinburne v. Mills, 17 Wash. 611, 50 Pac. 489, 61 Am. St. Rep. 932.