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[uhn-san-i-ter-ee] /ʌnˈsæn ɪˌtɛr i/
not sanitary; unhealthy or unhealthful; tending to harbor or spread disease:
unsanitary living conditions.
Also, insanitary.
Origin of unsanitary
1870-75; un-1 + sanitary
Related forms
unsanitarily, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unsanitary
  • Her words were far from glowing, describing the food as salty and the dining conditions unsanitary.
  • And because counterfeits are made in clandestine and often unsanitary factories, they might be adulterated with toxic ingredients.
  • Any food can become contaminated if food preparation conditions and equipment are unsanitary.
  • These epidemics were directly related to unsanitary conditions caused by human and animal wastes, and garbage.
  • Sickness, hunger, and unsanitary living conditions plagued the area.
British Dictionary definitions for unsanitary


/ʌnˈsænɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
not conducive to or promoting health; dirty or unhygienic
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Word Origin and History for unsanitary

1871, from un- (1) "not" + sanitary.

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unsanitary in Medicine

unsanitary un·san·i·tar·y (ŭn-sān'ĭ-těr'ē)
Not sanitary.

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