un·​taint·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈtān-təd How to pronounce untainted (audio) \

Definition of untainted

: not contaminated, spoiled, or affected slightly with something bad : not tainted untainted evidence an untainted reputation

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Recent Examples on the Web This is a whole separate set of clothes that are untainted by the dirt from outside. John Kelly, Washington Post, "I used to think showering at night was weird. The pandemic has made it my habit.," 27 June 2020 This is necessary because, over the years, athletes who were taking performance-enhancing drugs have tried to cheat by bringing a sample of untainted urine into a test and passing it off as their own. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "US is first country to start virtual drug tests on Olympic athletes like Katie Ledecky, Lilly King," 15 Apr. 2020 Our system of government requires impartial justice, untainted by politics or the desires of powerful people. Joyce White Vance, Time, "If William Barr Truly Believed in Rule of Law, He Would Resign," 16 Feb. 2020 What’s more, the new genre promised the possibilities of a more abstract and untainted language than what had come before in art history. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "The Art of the Unspeakable," 15 Oct. 2019 Few officials and senior administrators associated with Montebello Unified in recent years have emerged untainted. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Montebello school officials accused of misleading investors in $100-million bond sale," 20 Sep. 2019 But almost no one breathes in perfect, untainted air. Wired, "Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections," 4 Sep. 2019 In his search for answers Imhoof journeys from a huge factory-like bee colony in California to a refuge for an untainted strain of bees in Australia. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: From an injustice in Georgia to a plea for bees," 11 July 2019 The Netherlands have been utterly fearless, untainted by any history and forging their own path through the tournament. SI.com, "6 Fascinating Subplots to Keep an Eye On During Sunday's Women's World Cup Final in Lyon," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of untainted

1590, in the meaning defined above

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“Untainted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untainted. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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formal : not damaged or spoiled in any way : not tainted

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