- insanitary, unsanitaryInsanitary is more usual word in BrE and means ‘not sanitary’ in the sense ‘dirty, unhealthy’; both forms are used in this meaning in AmE. Fowler (1926) proposed a more neutral meaning for unsanitary, i.e. ‘lacking and not needing provision for sanitation’ without implications for health.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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Insanitary — In*san i*ta*ry, a. Not sanitary; unhealthy; unsanitary; as, insanitary conditions of drainage. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
insanitary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ so dirty or germ ridden as to be a danger to health … English terms dictionary
insanitary — [in san′ə ter΄ē] adj. UNSANITARY … English World dictionary
insanitary — [[t]ɪnsæ̱nɪtri, AM teri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If something such as a place is insanitary, it is so dirty that it is likely to have a bad effect on people s health. [FORMAL] ...the insanitary conditions of slums... British prisons remain disgracefully… … English dictionary
insanitary — See unsanitary. See unsanitary, insanitary … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
insanitary — in|san|i|ta|ry [ınˈsænıtəri US teri] adj insanitary conditions or places are very dirty and likely to cause disease American Equivalent: unsanitary … Dictionary of contemporary English
insanitary — adjective insanitary conditions or places are very dirty and likely to cause disease; unsanitary especially AmE … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
insanitary — UK [ɪnˈsænətərɪ] / US [ɪnˈsænəˌterɪ] adjective insanitary conditions are dirty and dangerous to your health, usually because there is a lack of water pipes, toilets, drains etc, so that it is difficult to keep things clean … English dictionary
insanitary — /ɪnˈsænətəri/ (say in sanuhtuhree), / tri/ (say tree) adjective not sanitary; unclean and likely to carry infection: insanitary houses. –insanitariness, noun … Australian English dictionary
insanitary — adjective Date: 1866 unclean enough to endanger health ; contaminated • insanitation noun … New Collegiate Dictionary