Using a single verb, I want to express the act of making something negligible, i.e. very small or insignificant. "Neglate" doesn't seem to be english :)

Example sentence:

About the delay between two events in time. It should be possible to almost <word here> this delay.

Second example, as some people didn't get what I intended.

About cutting the cost of something. It should be possible to <word here> the cost. And no, not minimize, it is really about cutting it all the way down to almost nothing, to something that is negligible.

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    In case this question isn't a joke, verb form of negligible is, of course, neglect.
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 23, 2016 at 11:11
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    I found an instance of neglibilize by one "Swami Chinmayananda", who puts it in scare quotes to acknowledge that it's a neologism (apparently equivalent to tuchCham in some other language). And there's this guy (presumably British) who admits he's making up the word: It does seem like the white majority is trying to negligibilise (I know, I'm making up too many words) the black minority. Jun 23, 2016 at 11:25
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    @HotLicks it's not what I meant, so I added another example.
    – chtenb
    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:19
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    @DanBron Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough: Yes, "neglect" is what you do with something negligible, because it is negligible. But the original question is about the verb for the act of making something negligible and thus a valid object to being neglected in the first place. So "neglect" does not fit here, does it? Jun 23, 2016 at 12:56
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    This is not an answer as it's not a word: render negligible would be comfortable on the reader and convey the right meaning.
    – Kris
    Jun 23, 2016 at 13:46

6 Answers 6


Mitigate is probably not strong enough for this context. It means:

Make (something bad) less severe, serious, or painful - ODO

The most suitable word, given that your example uses the modifier "almost", might be:

Eliminate -- ODO:
Completely remove or get rid of (something).


'It should be possible to almost eliminate this delay.'


The word you are looking for is annihilate- it comes from the Latin nihil meaning nothing- to make nothing


Since the idea here is that the effect of the thing is reduced to a negligible quantity, you can use the verb obviate.

About the delay between two events in time. It should be possible to almost obviate this delay.

Personally, I would drop the almost, you have gotten rid on the need to consider it.

About cutting the cost of something. It should be possible to obviate the cost.

bold mine

For instance, scientists may be within striking distance of plants that would produce edible vaccines and insulin, a highly practical means of distribution to developing states that would obviate the cost of transportation, the need for refrigeration, and the dangers of using needles.1

p13, http://scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1896&context=faculty_publications


However, one note of caution is worth mentioning. Obviate is often used to refer to an indirect attack on the problem. It suggests that you change the game to make the issue irrelevant, more so than directly tackling the problem head-on.


I'm getting the impression that decimate and minimize are too weak, and eliminate and eradicate are too strong, for what you want.  You might want to just slam a couple of those together and coin a new word, like minimize + eliminateeminimate.  (Compare to burninate, which obviously derives from burn + eliminate.)


It should be possible to dwindle away/dwindle down the cost


to shrink, contract, or diminish to something.

The phrase dwindle away is connotative of reducing to nothing, as evidenced in its frequent use in the larger phrase dwindle away to nothing: Google Books

or dwindle down to nothing: Google Books


'negate' seems appropriate here.

It should be possible to almost negate this delay.

  • Can you add some citations for this word and link to your source please?
    – Ste
    Jun 23, 2016 at 15:45
  • dictionary.com/browse/negate to nullify or cause to be ineffective: Eg. Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
    – Faraz Ali
    Jun 24, 2016 at 10:40

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