adul·​ter·​at·​ed | \ ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce adulterated (audio) \

Definition of adulterated

: weakened or lessened in purity by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element adulterated food

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Examples of adulterated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May, Blue Bell — based in Brenham, about 70 miles northwest of Houston — pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated products. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas' Blue Bell Creameries hit with $17.25 million fine for 2015 listeria contamination," 18 Sep. 2020 Others are planning to stick with takeout indefinitely, preferring it to an adulterated dine-in experience. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area’s intimate sushi restaurants are betting on plexiglass for future omakases," 7 Aug. 2020 Blue Bell agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products and pay a $17.25 million fine., "Blue Bell Agrees to Guilty Plea, Fine for Listeria Ice Cream," 5 May 2020 In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Blue Bell agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products and pay a criminal fine of $17.25 million. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Blue Bell agrees to $19 million fine over ice cream linked to 2015 listeria outbreak," 2 May 2020 The horse won that race and another contest in February of last year in Florida after receiving adulterated and misbranded PEDs before both races, according to the indictment. NBC News, "Horse racing trainers and veterinarians charged in international doping scandal," 9 Mar. 2020 The four federal indictments unsealed Monday implicate Servis and Navarro among 27 individuals in a scheme to manufacture, distribute and falsify the use of adulterated and misbranded PEDs. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security's trainer indicted for racing drug scheme," 9 Mar. 2020 The group’s fear is that without any oversight, unscrupulous producers will sell adulterated products that make people sick. oregonlive, "Kratom crackdown for youth possible in Oregon," 14 Feb. 2020 Patients who need these medicines deserve the product the Food and Drug Administration approved, whether that’s the reference biologic or a biosimilar, not an adulterated or inadequate version of it. Leah Christl, STAT, "From bench to bedside, biologics require excellence at every stage," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of adulterated

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adulterated

from past participle of adulterate entry 1

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“Adulterated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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