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a. Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.
b. Devoid of infectious agents; aseptic.
c. Of or associated with the use of antiseptics.
a. Devoid of enlivening or enriching qualities: "This is ... not at all lighthearted or amiable music. In fact, the tone is unremittingly sober and antiseptic" (Donal Henahan).
b. Free of disturbing or unpleasant features; sanitized: an antiseptic version of history.
A substance that prevents infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.

an′ti·sep′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Widescreen shots of telescoping stairwells and antiseptically clean museum spaces provide nonverbal commentary on Chloe's constantly shifting frames of mind.
Hamilton succinctly captures the broader evolution of biography, which, during the period under consideration, includes a move from what he calls the "Victorian laundering process" (119), a kind of fawning pseudo-biography that was more about rendering one's subject antiseptically exceptional instead of truly capturing the subject's flaws and unvarnished humanity.
He did not want any illusions about fighting antiseptically with detachment:
Abuses of power and objective human rights constraints in all of the LMB countries are on the whole treated rather antiseptically.
Most of them are referring very antiseptically to the bill as a "method of abortion affecting 8% of abortions.
Even the department's language changed, no longer referring antiseptically to a complainant and an accused but rather to victims or survivors, and perpetrators.
Likewise, we have stopped questioning who benefits from the chaos that exists in particular communities, and have accepted that the natural world has been antiseptically cleaved and cordoned off into binary oppositions--wealthy/poor, white/of color--and that it is the providential role of the USA to "democratize" by means of our mighty arsenal of weapons those populations who threaten our economic interests and geopolitical advantage.
In McLaren's view, "The traditional view of classroom instruction and learning as a neutral process antiseptically removed from the concepts of power, politics, history, and context can no longer by credibly endorsed" (1994, p.
That had to be the nursery class teacher who, determined to erase any possibility of giving offence to absolutely anyone, had taken it into her head to train her class of four and five-year-olds to chant a much-loved but antiseptically rewritten nursery rhyme.
This excerpt from The Crystal Frontier runs hauntingly across cold, geometrical wallpaper on one of the walls at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, where Ferret's largest survey to date, "The Adding Machine," filled the museum's rooms with her clear-pitched, reference-laden, often antiseptically clean art productions.
He's a knight errant in a debased world who, in the absence of worthy quests, occasionally sells his expert services to the bad guys, while remaining antiseptically insulated from them.