from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Placed in a pot.
  • adjective Grown in a pot.
  • adjective Preserved in a pot, can, or jar.
  • adjective Informal Presenting information in a simplified or abridged form.
  • adjective Recorded or taped for repeated use.
  • adjective Unoriginal or hackneyed.
  • adjective Slang Drunk or intoxicated.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of pot.
  • adjective derogatory, informal Prepared in advance, as though preserved by potting.

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  • adjective preserved in a pot or can or jar
  • adjective (British informal) summarized or abridged
  • adjective of plants; planted or grown in a pot


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Adjective meaning "prepared in advance" first used in a published work, by L. Susan Stebbing in her Pelican classic Thinking to some purpose (1939), where "potted thinking" is defined as "a compressed statement to save us the trouble of thinking."



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  • summarized; abridged; superficial.

    May 20, 2008