watered-down


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wa·tered-down

(wô′tərd-doun′, wŏt′ərd-)
adj.
Diminished in force or effect: "[Students] who do not [test well] get a watered-down curriculum that reflects the system's minimal expectations of them" (Sheila Tobias).

wa′tered-down′



adj.
made weaker from or as if from dilution with water.
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watered-down

adjective
Lower than normal in strength or concentration due to admixture:
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watered-down

[ˈwɔːtədˈdaʊn] ADJ
1. [wine] → aguado, bautizado; [juice, milk, paint] → diluido
2. (fig) [account, version] → suavizado; [bill, reform, compromise] → suavizado
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Speaking after case, Mr Smyth said he was out of the country when the watered-down vodka was on sale.
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Our community knows puritanical marginalization too well--we should realize that acceptance of watered-down queerness is not true equality.
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But this isn't some watered-down version of America's great art form.
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Under the influence of progressive educators, the curriculum was filled with watered-down and nonacademic courses.
BOSSES of Chester night-club Rosie's were fined a total of pounds 10, 200 yesterday for selling watered-down drinks.
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After visiting a number of classrooms in which the students could not answer clearly and coherently when asked what the Ten Commandments are, he concluded that "the watered down teaching of the faith has given us a watered-down faith.
Nicola then relates the dramatic events of the next ten years of their lives: wars with the Huguenots, the death of King Francis, Mary's decision to go to Scotland to claim her throne there, Mary's second and third marriages, the endless scrambling for power among the Scottish noblemen, alliances with English noblemen, Mary's imprisonment in Scotland and her decision to seek refuge with her cousin Elizabeth, Queen of England--the readers are expected to follow this convoluted history; they are not given a watered-down version, and the authors are to be congratulated for having such faith in their readers.