• WordNet 3.6
    • adj weakening moderating by making pain or sorrow weaker
    • adj weakening causing debilitation
    • n weakening the act of reducing the strength of something
    • n weakening becoming weaker
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    “Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy.”
  • Edgar Quinet
    “An effeminate education weakens both the mind and the body.”
  • Frederic-Cesar La Harpe
    Frederic-Cesar La Harpe
    “We always weaken everything we exaggerate.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “A feeble body weakens the mind.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.”


In literature:

Every addition they receive to their number of slaves, tends to weaken them and renders them less capable of self defence.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Every addition they receive to their number of slaves, tends to weaken them and renders them less capable of self defence.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Do not exterminate or weaken a fern colony by taking more plants than it can spare.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
It would not weaken him, dampen his fiery resolution, to give her that.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
Has your man weakened?
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
You will say it has weakened me, but it has weakened only the bonds that the flesh puts upon the spirit.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
But his faith had begun to weaken in many minor points of discipline.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Power is weakened by the full Use of it, but extended by Moderation.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
And, in that case, our relationship would be weakened unnecessarily; better go willingly than seem to go sullenly.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
It has been determined to do so at the expense of weakening this army.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Knots which occur near the ends of a beam do not weaken it.
"The Mechanical Properties of Wood" by Samuel J. Record
On the thirteenth day, therefore, the defenders, weakened and half starved, had to make a frantic attempt to break through the Waikatos.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
Come and soothe and rest and built up those shredded, weakened, tired, weary nerves.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
His ray screen was showing signs of weakening.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
This inevitably weakens faith, and the weakening of a true religion is far more lamentable than of a false one.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
Its effect is probably weakening.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Vice which weakens the strong kills the weak.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
We accuse him of lying if he disguises, weakens, alters or embellishes them.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
In the North and West the Democratic party was still weakened by its past.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
But at that instant his firm hold weakened.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis

In poetry:

Clouds weaken
& die.
The sun, an orange skull,
whispers quietly, becomes an
island, & is gone.
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
First Courtier.
Perhaps this Daniel is in league with Persia;
And brib'd by Cyrus to report these horrors,
To weaken and impede the mighty plans
Of thy imperial mind!
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
So tired! so weary — The race — has been long,
And the paths have been rugged,
The winds have been strong, — And the heart it has weakened,
In tempests so strong.
"Catharine Of Arragon" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Beautiful lassies, where are you now?
You who don’t answer me anymore
You who forgot all about me;
Left me behind – now my weakened voice
Wakes up the echo in vain.
"Kha" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Of all the ills that do befall,
Auld Nick is blamed, and ever shall--
He did the infant race enthral
When time began;
Brought death and trouble on us all, And weaken'd man.
"The Loss Of Man's Happiness" by Susannah Hawkins
But to Dives came Atlantis and the Captains of the West —
And their hates were nothing weakened nor their angers unrest —
And they pawned their utmost trade
For the dry, decreeing blade;
And Dives lent and took of them their best.
"The Peace of Dives" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The economy is weakening as the election approaches.
North Carolina Gov Bev Perdue twice vetoed laws to weaken the Racial Justice Act, but lawmakers overrode her on Monday.
Being an astute general, Robert E Lee didn't miss that 7,000 troops left Charleston, leaving that town's defenses seriously weakened.
Obama's End Run on Welfare Don't weaken the work requirements — strengthen them.
Obama's legacy will be weakened fighting force.
Virginia's sentencing laws promote disparity and weaken right to jury trial.
With the US Chamber of Commerce weakened by recent defections over its climate policy, its foes are moving in for the kill.
As Greece seeks support of its plan to bring its finances back from the brink of collapse, there are fears the weakening euro could impact the US in its own economic recovery.
Mounts Effort to Weaken Assad's Rule.
The number of US people seeking unemployment benefits went down last week due to the weakening effects of superstorm Sandy, the US Labor Department reported Wednesday.
Pakistan's duplicity further weakens the decaying US-Pakistan relationship.
The danger is that in being obsessed by the first question rather than by the second, politicians help strengthen, not weaken, xenophobic attitudes.
(AP) Asian stock markets rose Thursday as a weakening yen propelled Japan's benchmark higher.
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Thursday with the help of Japan's Nikkei 225, which was propelled higher by a weakening yen.
UK sticks with austerity as economy weakens.

In science:

We are able to weaken the conditions needed for uniqueness in the case of pseudo-finite fields.
Motives for perfect PAC fields with pro-cyclic Galois group
Remark 2: In fact, as is hinted by the proof, the condition (4) can be weakened, e.g. ν ( · · ) can be chosen more generally than the uniform matrix.
Reconstruction for models on random graphs
As to the latter, AF correlations were proposed to underlie the momentum space anisotropy that weakens the differential tunneling conductance SC coherence peaks44 .
Electromagnetic response of high-Tc superconductors -- the slave-boson and doped-carrier theories
In the latter papers weakened versions of the (ZC) were conjectured.
Torsion units in integral group ring of Higman-Sims simple group
In the above theorem we cannot weaken the hypothesis to Yt closed (instead of definably compact).
O-minimal cohomology: finiteness and invariance results
Theorem 1 can also be generalized in a different direction, by weakening the independence assumption.
Two multivariate central limit theorems
This condition is weakened by Deijfen, H¨aggstr¨om and Bagley in to the existence of an exponential moment for µ.
Continuous first-passage percolation and continuous greedy paths model: linear growth
We can weaken the assumption on the operator pair further.
The modulus of continuity of Wegner estimates for random Schr\"odinger operators on metric graphs
Our first conclusion is that the discovery of HE 0557−4840 weakens the case for a “gap” in the metal licity distribution function (MDF) between [Fe/H] = –4.0 and –5.3.
HE 0557-4840 - Ultra-Metal-Poor and Carbon-Rich
At least two mechanisms have been proposed to weaken the bars.
Star formation in isolated AMIGA galaxies: dynamical influence of bars
Unfortunately, its χ2 -minimum lies at rather small position angles, so the above conclusions get weakened.
On the orientation of the Sagittarius A* system
If A is e.g. a model (can be weakened to A = bddheq (A)) then strong splitting above can be replaced with splitting.
On generically stable types in dependent theories
In this section we discuss weakenings of the f sg , relate the f sg to forking, and in general try to obtain equivariant versions of results from section 2.
On NIP and invariant measures
Note that taking luminosity evolution into account does not weaken this result, since at low redshifts UV-selected samples actually probe the same UV LD fraction as their high redshift counterparts (see Paper II).
Clustering Properties of restframe UV selected galaxies I: the correlation length derived from GALEX data in the local Universe
Several attempts were made to drop or weaken the finiteness condition on Σ and construct infinite versions of Galois theory for comodules.
Galois theory in bicategories