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undermine

[¦ən·dər¦mīn]
(mining engineering)
To excavate the earth beneath, especially for the purpose of causing to fall; to form a mine under.
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This undermines the consultation process, which 75,000 people were involved in.
Over time, I think responsible professionals should also try to influence local publishers and broadcasters to move away from such practices, not just because of any cultural or moral qualms (important as these may be), but also for the very practical reason that these practices ultimately undermine the credibility of both the giver and receiver in the eyes of audiences.
President Colin Dyer explained in a November Atlantic Monthly editorial, the "one-size-fits-all ranking schemes undermine the institutional diversity that characterizes American higher education.
The rationale for the policy is that gays undermine unit cohesion, and it increasingly looks like that is backward.
and its neighbors to the south, and undermine any overtures the Bush administration has made to Latino voters at home.
Some basic points noted in Failing Our Children: How No Child Left Behind Undermines Quality, and Equity in Education and An Accountability Model that Supports School Improvement include:
The Patriot Act goes too far because it undermines the liberties for which so many Americans have fought and died.
More recently, some fathers' rights activists have declared the administration's efforts part of an insidious machine that undermines rather than bolsters family and fatherhood.
My view, briefly stated, is that the attempt to inculcate civic values in our schools is at best ineffective and often undermines the intrinsic moral purpose of schooling.
Yet, as the United States has reserved the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a chemical or biological weapon attack for some years, the continued emphasis on this first strike policy undermines nonproliferation goals.
Inordinate time and resources spent fighting lawsuits undermines these goals.
Respondent's argument that the inclusion of COD income in earnings and profits undermines the purpose of the excess loss account rules is a problem of respondent's own making: Respondent chose to use earnings and profits as the measuring rod of the investment basis adjustment rules of [Regs.