- 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
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for watered-down
The USA Freedom Act, once lauded by privacy and technology groups, passed the House today in a watered-down form.The NSA Wins Again. You Lose
May 22, 2014
The Hacked Off campaign, representing victims of press intrusion, claimed they got “second best” in the watered-down legislation.Brits Get Press Ethical
March 19, 2013
We adopted a watered-down version of the Harvard blueprint with our daughters.The Secrets of Happy Families: Bruce Feiler’s Tips for Parenting
March 3, 2013
He apparently hoped to bring in the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, using some watered-down compromise on the military draft.Obama Complicates Netanyahu’s Coalition Talks
J. J. Goldberg
February 7, 2013
He let it be known that he would accept no watered-down law.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
There are no women's parts, and the Vice is a watered-down specimen of his class.