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adj. im·pur·er, im·pur·est
1. Not pure or clean; contaminated.
2. Not purified by religious rite; unclean.
3. Immoral or sinful: impure thoughts.
4. Mixed with another, usually inferior substance; adulterated.
5. Being a composite of more than one color or mixed with black or white.
6. Deriving from more than one source, style, or convention; eclectic: an impure art form.

im·pure′ly adv.
im·pure′ness n.
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(2) Notice too that without impurely altruistic motives for giving there is also little use for fundraisers.
Myths index the way we are (unconsciously or impurely) the world, even as we are (self-consciously or purely) separate from the world.
nuclear deterrence), but also private benefits acquired by each member specifically, as well as impurely public benefits associated with limiting damage to a specific member (e.g.
As a maiden, pure of stain, To be impurely slaughtered at the age when she should wed, Sorrowful sacrifice slain at her father's hand instead, All this for fair and favourable winds to sail the fleet along!
If, therefore, a good does not display both excludability (nonexcludability) and rivalry (nonrivalry) in their pure forms, the good is called impurely public.
This resonates amusingly with Clive Bell's assertion that "the majority of [...] charming and intelligent people [...] appreciate visual art impurely" and that "the appreciation of almost all great writers has been impure" (35).
Chemical nerve agents, when impurely mixed, tend to degrade quickly, even within several weeks to months.