de·​grad·​ed | \-ˈgrā-dəd \

Definition of degraded 

1 : reduced far below ordinary standards of civilized life and conduct

2 : characterized by degeneration of structure or function

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Other Words from degraded

degradedly adverb

Examples of degraded in a Sentence

many observers deplored the fact that the city's festivities for Mardi Gras had become a degraded, drunken celebration

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Their purpose is to help researchers test how best to alternate crops and livestock in order to turn degraded pastures into productive fields. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 The Environment Nevada Research and Policy Center reports that 2.1 million people living in Las Vegas experienced degraded air quality for almost half of 2016, according to local NBC affiliate KSNV-TV. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Top Park Service official admits he acted inappropriately, but his job appears safe," 29 June 2018 In 2014, an interconnection dispute between several large broadband providers and Netflix and some of its network providers resulted in degraded Netflix streaming for many consumers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "California Net Neutrality Bill Was 'Hijacked,' Lawmaker Says," 20 June 2018 In degraded areas, where corals are few and far between, this becomes increasingly unlikely. Rebecca Albright, Scientific American, "Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive," 1 Jan. 2018 To ensure safe operations over people, aerodynamics including stability, vibration, heading, weather, RPM and more will be monitored throughout flight with emergency procedures in place in the event of degraded aircraft reliability. Jennifer Van Grove,, "San Diego's winning drone bid: A look at the city's ambitious plans," 10 May 2018 Judging by the latest welfare beneficiaries, those elites’ tastes remain as degraded as ever, eschewing the good, the beautiful and the true – and anything timeless and transcendent – in favor of soul-killing PC claptrap. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "His play about gender got a new ending – during the HB2 debate. Now it premieres at Actor’s Theatre. | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 It was thought that DNA tests would not work on mummies so ancient because the tissue tended to be so badly degraded, fragmented, and contaminated by other DNA in the environment. Cristela Guerra,, "The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy," 25 Apr. 2018 Various environmental crises have left much of the population sterile, so these women occupy a special place in society, and their fertility makes them both special and uniquely degraded. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Women in The Handmaid’s Tale: A Comprehensive Taxonomy," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of degraded

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of degraded was in 1643

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