verb (used with object), at·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing.
verb (used without object), at·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing.
Origin of attenuate
Examples from the Web for attenuated
We live in an era of shortened attention spans and attenuated half-lives for products, companies, and business models.Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Finally Out After a 13-Year Reign|Daniel Gross|August 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His cropped leather jackets with their dolman sleeves were perfectly proportioned over his attenuated, back-slit skirts.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Are Designers Bashing Women?|Robin Givhan|March 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The old ham, or, rather, the attenuated ghost of the old ham!Molly Brown's Freshman Days|Nell Speed
Cassy foresaw, too, that the tedium would not be attenuated by Paliser's conversation.The Paliser case|Edgar Saltus
His feet were by no means dainty, his coat was a dirty looking dappled-white, and his mane so attenuated it needed a toupee.Missy|Dana Gatlin
There was a quick lateral motion in the attenuated beams of which this zone was composed.
Beings fashioned of this attenuated substance might walk by our side unseen, nor cast a shadow in the noon-day sun.Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science|Hudson Tuttle
British Dictionary definitions for attenuated
adjective (əˈtɛnjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
Word Origin for attenuate
Word Origin and History for attenuated
"to make thin, to make less," 1520s, from Latin attenuatus "enfeebled, weak," past participle of attenuare "to make thin, lessen, diminish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tenuare "make thin," from tenuis "thin" (see tenet). Related: Attenuated; attenuating. Earlier was Middle English attenuen "to make thin (in consistency)," early 15c.