un·​san·​i·​tary | \ ˌən-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unsanitary (audio) \

Definition of unsanitary

: unclean enough to endanger health : not sanitary unsanitary conditions unsanitary habits/practices

Examples of unsanitary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Justice Department will launch an investigation into several Mississippi prisons after a series of inmate deaths and reports of rampant violence, corruption and unsanitary conditions. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for February 6: impeachment, coronavirus, 2020 Dems, Lesotho, prison," 6 Feb. 2020 Feces, bottles of urine, used condoms, overflowing trash and other unsanitary conditions were found at several Metrorail station garages, the transit authority’s Office of the Inspector General said in a summary of its report. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 Often, the sites suffered from a shortage of bathrooms, unsanitary working conditions, insufficient heat, a lack of ice scrapers for vehicles and poor drainage, according to internal memos and interviews with current and former Amazon employees. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network," 28 Dec. 2019 Its migrant detention facilities can be overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary. New York Times, "‘This Takes Away All Hope’: Rule Bars Most Applicants for Asylum in U.S.," 12 Sep. 2019 Augusta State Medical Prison was the subject of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation in 2017 that exposed a myriad of unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Danny Robbins, ajc, "Doctor and nurses warn that prison medical care again in jeopardy," 8 Sep. 2019 Four more lived in unsafe or unsanitary conditions. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Judge Orders Expanded Oversight for Mentally Ill New Yorkers In Supported Housing," 12 July 2019 Amid reports of unsafe and unsanitary conditions in immigration detention centers along the southern border, Warren’s plan seeks to pare back detention overall and eliminate private detention facilities. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren’s immigration proposal goes much further than a pathway to citizenship," 12 July 2019 The strain detected in Sabah came from a weakened polio virus used in vaccines, which could infect those without immunity in unsanitary conditions, the ministry said. Yudith Ho / Bloomberg, Time, "Polio Case in Malaysia Sparks Fears the Disease Is Spreading in Southeast Asia," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unsanitary

1872, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Unsanitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanitary. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsanitary

: dirty and likely to cause disease : not sanitary


un·​san·​i·​tary | \ ˌən-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē \

Kids Definition of unsanitary

: likely to cause sickness or disease : dirty or full of germs


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Medical Definition of unsanitary

: not sanitary : insanitary unsanitary conditions

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