Entry: attenuates (v.)
In context: "Hal wonders, not for the first time, whether he might deep down be a secret snob about collar-color issues and Pemulis, then whether the fact that he's capable of wondering whether he's a snob attenuates the possibility that he's really a snob."
Definition: To weaken or reduce in force, effect, amount; in value, estimation; (obs.) to extenuate.
SNOOT score: 2
Source: Oxford English Dictionary