pa·​per·​less | \ ˈpā-pər-ləs How to pronounce paperless (audio) \

Definition of paperless

: recording or relaying information by electronic media rather than on paper paperless offices

Examples of paperless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check-ins will be paperless and person-less, much like the model popularized by Public in New York three years ago, and keys won't so much be handed over as they will be downloaded on hotels’ own apps. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 May 2020 In addition to routine cleaning measures, hospitals and other care sites have instituted enhanced cleaning and touch-free protocols, including paperless registration. Katie Stroh, Dallas News, 8 May 2020 Unlike the paperless tickets, mobile entry tickets are ready for delivery a week before the show. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2020 In Kentucky, where most counties use paperless systems and ballot marking devices, only 2% of voters mailed in ballots in 2018, according to data collected by the Election Assistance Commission. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, 24 Mar. 2020 CenterPoint customers will be notified about the increase through an insert in their bill or an email for paperless customers, said spokeswoman Alejandra Diaz. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2020 This year, those paperless systems cover roughly 12% of voters, the report said. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2020 New York State election commission co-chair Douglas Kellner was an early critic of paperless electronic voting machines. CBS News, 24 Feb. 2020 The rest of the pointers included: keep it short and heartfelt, have a single voice accepting the award, be paperless (and phoneless), and don’t lean into the microphone. Lauren Huff,, 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of paperless

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of paperless

: using computers instead of paper to record or exchange information

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