Pronunciation: (dē-em'fu-sis), [key]
—pl. -sesPronunciation: (-sēz"). [key]
1. a reduction in emphasis: There has been de-emphasis on athletic activities at the school.
2. the act or process of de-emphasizing.
3. 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,de•em'pha•sis.
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