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tr.v. con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing, con·tam·i·nates
1. To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
3. Linguistics To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with: The Middle English word femelle was contaminated by the word male, resulting in the modern form female.
n. (-nĭt)
One that contaminates; a contaminant.

[Middle English contaminaten, from Latin contāmināre, contāmināt-; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tam′i·na′tive adj.
con·tam′i·na′tor n.
Synonyms: contaminate, befoul, foul, poison, pollute, taint
These verbs mean to make dirty or impure: Pesticides contaminated the lake. Mud befouled his shoes. Noxious fumes foul the air. Farm runoff poisoned the fish. Exhaust polluted the air. Improper storage tainted the food.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contaminative - making impure by contact or mixing
infected, septic - containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms; "a septic sore throat"; "a septic environment"; "septic sewage"


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It is clearly acknowledged that the inferior fluid loss control cement slurry may be responsible for primary cementing failure due to the excessive density increase or annulus bridging, and the formation invasion by the filtrate of cement slurry may be contaminative to the reservoir.
Since the environmental technology of contaminative enterprises is relatively fixed without any other responses except reducing the yield, the pollution-intensive industries still carry out the original mode of production but the equilibrium will be moved down along the original production function.
In dealing with cases on crimes provided for by the Article 115 of the Criminal Code of the FSR (Article 121 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and the respective Articles of the Criminal Code of other Union republics, the court needs to determine availability of proof for the fact that the criminal defendant knew about his disease (for instance, warning from the healthcare facility, other data which evidence awareness of the ill person about his/her illness and its contaminative nature).
She added: "There are frequent media stories about women being told that they cannot breastfeed in a cafe or a shop and derogatory comments are made towards them, suggesting that they are simply exhibitionists or doing something intimate or contaminative that should be kept in private.
The removed plant is classed as contaminative waste and there are controls on its disposal, which have to be adhered to and carry an additional expense.