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impure

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adjective im·pure \(ˌ)im-ˈpyu̇r\

Simple Definition of impure

  • : mixed with something else that is usually not as good

  • : sexual in a way that is considered morally wrong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impure

  1. :  not pure: as a :  lewd, unchaste b :  containing something unclean :  foul <impure water> c :  ritually unclean d :  mixed or impregnated with an extraneous and usually unwanted substance <an impure chemical>

impurely

adverb

impureness

noun

Examples of impure in a sentence

  1. <be careful, because impure motor oil can damage your car's engine>

  2. <Victorian notions of what qualified as impure art now strike us as laughable.>



Origin and Etymology of impure

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin impurus, from in- + purus pure


First Known Use: 15th century


IMPURE Defined for Kids

impure

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adjective im·pure \im-ˈpyu̇r\

Definition of impure for Students

  1. 1 :  not pure :  unclean, dirty <impure water>

  2. 2 :  mixed with something else that is usually not as good <impure gold>




Medical Dictionary

impure

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adjective im·pure \(ˈ)im-ˈpyu̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of impure

  1. :  not pure: asa:  containing something unclean <impure water>b:  mixed or impregnated with an extraneous and usually unwanted substance :  adulterated <an impure chemical>





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