noun, plural de-emphases [dee-em-fuh-seez] .
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.
Also, deemphasis.

1935–40; de- + emphasis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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.
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