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 Again, read the fine print, as these offers vary by location. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best tips and strategies to make sure your online orders arrive in time for the holidays," 13 Nov. 2020 This week’s vaccine euphoria has sent travel stocks surging, but investors should read the fine print. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Tourism Investors Missed Their Ticket to Paradise," 12 Nov. 2020 Conveniently, Canada’s Bill C-83 to reform segregation allows inmates to be isolated for up to 15 consecutive days (with exceptions in the fine print). Sabrina Maddeaux,, "The Ugly Truth About Solitary Confinement In Canada’s Women’s Prisons," 9 Nov. 2020 Please make note of any relevant redemption details and please read the fine print carefully. Star Tribune, " Steals FAQ," 29 Oct. 2020 Promoters’ names are usually only in the fine print. Peter Csathy, Billboard, "Four Things Indie Venue Owners Must Do to Survive the Pandemic (Guest Column)," 14 Oct. 2020 Buster, is there going to be reaction to that, or is there enough going on elsewhere to where that gets lost in the fine print. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Reactions: Marcell Ozuna takes selfie during home run trot in Braves' Game 2 win vs. Reds," 2 Oct. 2020 Those include Southwest, United, Delta and American (but not all tickets apply – read the fine print). Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Holiday airfare from Cleveland Hopkins drops 45% for 2020; here’s how to get the lowest rate," 20 Oct. 2020 For store financing, rent-to-own, and layaway plans, carefully read the fine print. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Research big-ticket furniture purchases with care," 10 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Nov 2020

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“Fine print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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