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adjective \ˈpyu̇r\

Definition of pure

purer

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purest

  1. 1a (1) :  unmixed with any other matter pure gold (2) :  free from dust, dirt, or taint pure spring water (3) :  spotless, stainlessb :  free from harshness or roughness and being in tune —used of a musical tonec of a vowel :  characterized by no appreciable alteration of articulation during utterance

  2. 2a :  being thus and no other :  sheer, unmitigated pure follyb (1) :  abstract, theoretical pure research (2) :  a priori pure mechanicsc :  not directed toward exposition of reality or solution of practical problems pure literatured :  being nonobjective and to be appraised on formal and technical qualities only pure form

  3. 3a (1) :  free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes (2) :  containing nothing that does not properly belongb :  free from moral fault or guiltc :  marked by chastity :  continentd (1) :  of pure blood and unmixed ancestry (2) :  homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characterse :  ritually clean

  4. 4 :  having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role a pure shooter in basketball

pureness

noun

Examples of pure in a Sentence

  1. The company bottles only the purest water.

  2. the pure notes of the flute

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Origin and Etymology of pure

Middle English pur, from Anglo-French, from Latin purus; akin to Old High German fowen to sift, Sanskrit punāti he cleanses, Middle Irish úr fresh, new

Synonym Discussion of pure

chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows. they maintained chaste relations pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions. the pure of heart modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity. preferred more modest swimsuits decent people didn't go to such movies


PURE Defined for English Language Learners

pure

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adjective

Definition of pure for English Language Learners

  • : not mixed with anything else

  • : clean and not harmful in any way

  • : having a smooth and clear sound that is not mixed with any other sounds


PURE Defined for Kids

pure

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adjective \ˈpyu̇r\

Definition of pure for Students

purer

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purest

  1. 1 :  not mixed with anything else :  free from everything that might injure or lower the quality pure water pure silk

  2. 2 :  free from sin :  innocent, chaste

  3. 3 :  nothing other than :  total pure nonsense

purely

adverb

Medical Dictionary

pure

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adjective \ˈpyu̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of pure

purer

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purest

  1. 1:  unmixed with any other matter pure gold

  2. 2:  free from dust, dirt, or taint pure food

  3. 3a:  of unmixed ancestry :  purebredb:  homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characters

pureness

noun

Law Dictionary

pure

adjective

Legal Definition of pure

  1. 1a :  unmixed with any other matter b :  free from dirt or taint

  2. 2 :  being thus and nothing other a pure no-fault compensation system

purely

adverb

pureness

noun


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