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[pleyn-tekst] /ˈpleɪnˌtɛkst/
the intelligible original message of a cryptogram, as opposed to the coded or enciphered version.
Also called clear text.
Compare cryptography.
Origin of plaintext
1915-20; plain1 + text Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For example, a file encryption key exists in plaintext form only during actual encryption and/or decryption processing of a file.
  • Reading from left to right, you should be able to see the plaintext message.
  • Knowing how often letters are used can help you guess which cipher letter equals which plaintext letter.
  • Encryption transforms the plaintext data into an unreadable form, called ciphertext, using an encryption key.
  • plaintext may be encrypted several times and then decrypted the same number of times with the same key and result in plaintext.
  • Decryption is the process of converting the ciphertext back into plaintext.
plaintext in Technology

A message before encryption or after decryption, i.e. in its usual form which anyone can read, as opposed to its encrypted form ("ciphertext").

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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