dilution
di·lu·tion /dī-'lü-shən, də-/ n
1: a lessening of real value (as of equity) by a decrease in relative worth; specif: a decrease of the value per share of common stock caused by an increase in the total number of shares
2: a lessening of the value of a trademark that is caused by use of the mark by another and that creates potential confusion on the part of the consumer
3: a weakening of the voting rights of a group of citizens (as a minority) because the representatives they elect have no greater legislative power than the representatives elected by smaller voting groups

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

dilution
index solution (substance)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


dilution
When a famous trademark or service mark is used in a context in which the mark's reputation for quality is tarnished or its distinction is blurred. For example, the use of the word Candyland for a pornographic site on the Internet diluted the reputation of the Candyland mark for the well-known children's game, even though the traditional basis for trademark infringement (probable customer confusion) wasn't an issue.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Trademark Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


dilution
n.
1 Diminution or weakening of a shareholder's interest in a company by the issuance of more shares to other shareholders.
2 Of a trademark, by its use as a term of general description or in other derogatory or unauthorized ways.
3 Of the voting rights of a particular party or group by reapportionment of one or more legislative districts (=>> gerrymandering).

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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