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[waw-terd-doun, wot-erd-] /ˈwɔ tərdˈdaʊn, ˈwɒt ərd-/
made weaker or less effective from or as from dilution with water:
a watered-down cocktail; Spectators saw a watered-down version of the famous opera.
Origin of watered-down
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The result: watered-down programming designed primarily not to offend.
  • It's a faux-jaunty, watered-down typeface, a corporation's idea of informal joviality.
  • Mixing the two makes for bad government and watered-down, meaningless religion.
  • We have little reason to spend vast educational resources foisting watered-down chemistry, biology, and physics on everyone.
  • She kept pace vocally, but all the giggling watered-down the emotional pull of the ballad.
  • All the while, the athletes earn nothing but a watered-down degree for their athletic work.
  • And his watered-down apology incited a harsh response.

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