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.
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How to use watered-down in a sentence
The other wanted to block watered-down reforms of the secret state.
And yet history, the story of who we are and how we got here, is more watered down among the general population than ever.‘Drunk History’: A Booze Cruise of Red, White, and Blood | Rich Goldstein | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The USA Freedom Act, once lauded by privacy and technology groups, passed the House today in a watered-down form.
The Hacked Off campaign, representing victims of press intrusion, claimed they got “second best” in the watered-down legislation.
We adopted a watered-down version of the Harvard blueprint with our daughters.The Secrets of Happy Families: Bruce Feiler’s Tips for Parenting | Bruce Feiler | March 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
His affection at this time had watered down into a mild theory.The Pastor's Wife | Elizabeth von Arnim
Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags.Orthodoxy | G. K. Chesterton
Dick was not unlike Andrew, but it was as if his cousin's prominent characteristics had been watered down.Johnstone of the Border | Harold Bindloss
There are no women's parts, and the Vice is a watered-down specimen of his class.
I never expected to see these steady old reliable securities watered down to this.Christian Science | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)