de·​grad·​ed | \ di-ˈgrā-dəd How to pronounce degraded (audio) , dē- \

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
Recent Examples on the Web In this sense, common-carrier regulations will harm, not serve, the public by delivering a degraded and inferior service. Jessica Melugin, National Review, 16 June 2021 Owners of some older Tesla Model S and Model X EVs in Norway reported degraded battery range and charging times following a 2019 software update. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 24 May 2021 During the first phase of the Bonn Challenge 2020, Pakistan pledged to restore 865,000 acres of degraded landscapes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province -- a target already surpassed. Imran Khan, CNN, 5 June 2021 In degraded peatlands in the South Pennines and West Wales, another trial will try to promote the formation of peat, a thick mat of organic matter that forms in some bogs, which is known to store vast quantities of carbon. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 Across the Global South, communities are leading efforts to regenerate degraded ecosystems and wildlife populations and conserve biodiversity. Ashish Kothari, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 The department also hopes to stand up the Civilian Climate Corps, Haaland said, which would employ Americans in reforesting and restoring degraded landscapes., 6 May 2021 So far, 74 countries, local governments and organisations have committed to restoring 210 million hectares of degraded land. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 That doesn’t entail a degraded quality of life in places like the U.S. but rather distributing the abundance of wealth here more equitably. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 13 May 2021

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Degraded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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