I have an essay assignment and the prompt looks like this:
Without application in reality, the value of scientific findings is greatly diminished.
My teacher insists that the use of "diminished" instead of "reduced" implies that the decrease in "the value of scientific findings" is a gradual process rather than just one moment.
I am not perfectly sure about this. Although "to diminish" can mean to disappear gradually, but I think the two words mean the same thing. Well, do they?