in·​san·​i·​tary | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce insanitary (audio) \

Definition of insanitary

: unclean enough to endanger health : contaminated

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insanitation \ in-​ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce insanitation (audio) \ noun

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Recently, attorneys for two former Jackson County inmates filed separate lawsuits alleging that their clients’ rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment were violated due to insanitary conditions at the jail. Mike Hendricks,, "Just the facts, not the feces, judge tells Jackson County inmate who filed complaint," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of insanitary

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insanitary was in 1866

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English Language Learners Definition of insanitary

chiefly British : dirty and likely to cause disease


in·​san·​i·​tary | \ (ˈ)in-ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce insanitary (audio) \

Medical Definition of insanitary

: unclean enough to endanger health

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