(?), a. 1. Reduced in rank, character, or reputation; debased; sunken; low; base.
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The Netherlands . . . were reduced practically to a very degraded condition.
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2. (Biol.) Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
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Some families of plants are degraded dicotyledons.
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3. [Cf. F. degr step.] (Her.) Having steps; -- said of a cross each of whose extremities finishes in steps growing larger as they leave the center; -- termed also on degrees.
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