Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Blended together into one unit or mass; intermingled.
  • adj. Composed of a variety of differing, sometimes conflicting entities: viewed the change in management with mixed emotions; a closet full of mixed outfits. See Synonyms at miscellaneous.
  • adj. Made up of people of different sex, race, or social class.
  • adj. Descended from two or more races or breeds.
  • adj. Crossbred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of mix.
  • adj. Having two or more separate aspects.
  • adj. Not completely pure, tainted or adulterated.
  • adj. Including both male(s) and female(s).
  • adj. Stemming from two or more races or breeds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed by mixing; united; mingled; blended. See mix, v. t. & i.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of different elements or parts; mingled: as, a mixed feeling of pleasure and grief.
  • Promiscuous; indiscriminate; not comprised in one class or kind.
  • Confused; befogged mentally. [Colloq.] Also spelled mixt.
  • plural In metaphysics See mode.
  • Filthy; vile.
  • In geology, technically applied to those igneous rocks which under the microscope are found to consist of both crystalline and glassy matter, the two being intimately involved.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving or composed of different races
  • adj. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

Etymologies

From mix, equivalent to mix +‎ -ed. Compare Middle English mixid ("mixed", past participle), Old English miscode ("mixed", preterite). More at mix. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First off, the term mixed extraction is hardly a slur or an uncommon way to describe a person by way of race.

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  • By the term mixed mineral manures is meant a mixture of mineral fertilisers, not including phosphates.

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  • The term mixed-mode is commonly used to describe a blend of face to face and distance education that does not necessarily have a high technology component.

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  • Economists continue to use the euphemism "mixed" in meaningless reports based on artificially improved data.

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  • Despite the show of unity, however, Senate Republicans expressed deep skepticism of the White House's management of the war effort, particularly of what they described as mixed messages over how fast a drawdown would begin next July.

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  • Another response to his argument is to claim that, even if it does apply to evaluations, it would only apply to very basic ones and would leave room for substantial disagreements beyond these (if this were the case, then Davidson would have established only what I call a mixed position in section 6 below).

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  • All that is requisite to my present design, is to show what sort of ideas those are which I call mixed modes; how the mind comes by them; and that they are compositions made up of simple ideas got from sensation and reflection; which I suppose I have done.

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  • Thus drunkenness, or lying, signify such or such a collection of simple ideas, which I call mixed modes: and in this sense they are as much positive absolute ideas, as the drinking of

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  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched off a political firestorm in W.shington when she touched down in Syria, drawing a strong rebuke from President George W. Bush, who lashed out at what he calls the mixed signals a visit by such a high-ranking U.S. official sends to the Syrian leadership, a state sponsor of terror.

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  • And we should also point out that when HANO, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, and HUD plans to do this, they want to put there what they call mixed income housing -- basically low income, medium income and high income.

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