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[in-san-i-ter-ee] /ɪnˈsæn ɪˌtɛr i/
Origin of insanitary
1870-75; in-3 + sanitary
Related forms
insanitariness, noun Unabridged
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  • We want to talk less about malingering and more about insanitary conditions, which is the real cause of excessive claims.

    Women in Modern Industry B. L. Hutchins
  • I thought, Mr. Page, there were no insanitary cottages on this property!

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Sanitary oases for British troops were thus established in the midst of insanitary deserts.

  • He would undoubtedly have described it as both "insanitary and improper."

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • It is a fact, however, that by this time the state of Steens was insanitary to a high degree and the well water polluted.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It is a dingy city, and I think it must certainly be insanitary.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • Usually there is but one toilet for both sexes and the waiting rooms at stations are cut off, unclean and insanitary.

  • Is it because the villages are insanitary or is there any other reason for that?

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • Paris may be the first city in the world—it is an insanitary hole all the same.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Offensive drains and other insanitary conditions should be avoided.

British Dictionary definitions for insanitary


/ɪnˈsænɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
not sanitary; dirty or infected
Derived Forms
insanitariness, insanitation, noun
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