I have a question for which I am doubtful about which to choose among the two .. can someone help?
Please select one option for the blank:
After years of unchecked exploitation of its natural resources, the state, predictably, has _________ the population of its native plants and animals.
I chose decimated as that is strong as the question says years of exploitation.
Will any other answer fit here? Will reduce fit in? I did not choose reduce as it is lighter than decimated...