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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fine print was in 1891

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“Fine print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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