fine print


Definition of fine print

: something thoroughly and often deliberately obscure especially : a part of an agreement or document spelling out restrictions and limitations often in small type or obscure language

Examples of fine print in a Sentence

Read the fine print before you sign the contract.
Recent Examples on the Web Read the fine print before attempting to travel with pets on a plane. cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 This assumes that citizens who are knowledgeable can and should fend for themselves and that regulators will do little more than warn people to read the fine print when making investments or entering financial contracts. Annamaria Lusardi, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 There are exceptions to and exclusions from the warranty, so as with all home building products, homeowners should read the fine print and ask questions so that there are no unhappy surprises if and when service or repair is needed. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2021 As always, read the fine print yourself, and pay your credit card on time, and—if possible—in full every month, otherwise the variable interest rate (15.99% to 22.99%), penalty APR and a $40 late payment fee may apply. Sarah Hagman, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Furthermore, many of Stop Creak's customers were buying without reading the fine print and applying the product to the wrong type of flooring with little to no results. Laurel Donnellan, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Businesses and municipalities typically put contracts out to bid to get the best price, and have experts that can analyze the fine print., 2 Apr. 2021 To avoid surprises, Bolger suggests carefully reading the fine print that comes with the debt settlement offers, and to ask questions before agreeing to anything. Kimberly Palmer, Star Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 Here is the fine print on the pitching rules for Little League. Sherlon Christie, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fine print

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fine print was in 1891

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9 Nov 2021

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“Fine print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fine print

: the part of an agreement or document that contains important details and that is sometimes written in small letters

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Legal Definition of fine print

: a part of an agreement or document spelling out restrictions or limitations often in small type or obscure language


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