from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. diluted; containing extra water
- adj. weakened or simplified
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Blauer Heinrich—blue Henry—people called the watered-down milk they’d come to associate with the war, and when the boy drank, he swallowed so hard that Trudi could hear him.
Though often criticized as offering a “watered-down” version of Christianity, Warren dismisses this critique.
I absolutely loved the book, but the adaptation tried so hard to be faithful to the source that it ended up a watered-down, incomprehensible mess.
Maybe someone should ask Olympia Snowe whether she would vote for a bill with watered-down protection for pre-existing conditions.
It's the danger of indulging Hollywood with a cuddly, watered-down version of Ricky Gervais, who keeps it in its comfort zone.
I don't think he's trying to sell a watered-down version of the Gospel so that he can make a name for himself, as some of his more cynical critics claim.
Insist that House leadership ALLOW A VOTE on the Stupak/Pitts Amendment to prohibit abortion funding (and no other watered-down substitution like the Ellsworth Amendment).
The planned mineral resources rent tax is a watered-down version of an originally proposed so-called super profits tax, which ran into a storm of opposition after it was unveiled in May 2010, eventually contributing to the downfall of then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Whatever issue you care to name, from childhood obesity (linked to agribusiness subsidies) to war (linked to the power of the military-industrial complex), from a watered-down health care bill (linked big pharma and health insurance corporations), to a failing economy (which Wall Street and corporations have depleted in favor of global speculation), the power of the one percent is at the root of the problem.
As a result, watered-down agreements have ceased to offer any net gains that would justify long, complex and costly negotiations.
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