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[dee-em-fuh-sis] /diˈɛm fə sɪs/
noun, plural de-emphases
[dee-em-fuh-seez] /diˈɛm fəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
a reduction in emphasis:
There has been de-emphasis on athletic activities at the school.
the act or process of de-emphasizing.
Electronics. a process of reducing the relative amplitude of certain frequencies in a signal that have been exaggerated by preemphasis, restoring the signal to its original form.
Origin of de-emphasis
1935-40; de- + emphasis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Unfortunately, this is accompanied by a de-emphasis on anatomy and physiology as disciplines in the training of physicians.
  • The reform was a sharp de-emphasis of the hot pursuit of illegal immigrants after they cross the border.
  • The effect of these changes would be a de-emphasis on non-sales aspects of the activities of securities professionals.
  • de-emphasis on rate and product approval, reemphasis on solvency, and ease of multi-state licensure are three notable areas.
  • There should be a de-emphasis on a spiral approach that continually revisits topics year after year without closure.

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