un·​san·​i·​tary ˌən-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unsanitary (audio)
: unclean enough to endanger health : not sanitary
unsanitary conditions
unsanitary habits/practices

Examples of unsanitary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In many chicken farms, animals are raised in crowded and unsanitary conditions and can be prone to disease. David Goldman, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Four eye ointment products sold in some Walmart and CVS stores have been recalled because the facility in which they were manufactured in India may have been unsanitary. Katie Mogg, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024 SeaQuest of Fort Worth was cited for cramped and unsanitary conditions in its Ridgmar Mall aquarium, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Feb. 2024 Criteria for impounding includes failing to provide identification, failing to remove sale items that violate city rules, blocking pedestrian pathways, creating unsanitary or unsafe conditions and not having a health permit, vending permit or business license. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 The unsanitary areas included: the side of the back merchandiser; the soda syrup rack; dry storage shelves; floor and all containers in the storage area hallway; walk-in fan covers and all shelving. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 The suit cites patients who have to take group showers and complain of living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Among those who did move in as well as property staff, there were complaints and increasing concerns about safety issues, unsanitary conditions and constant maintenance backups. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024 After Dupray and others complained of unsanitary conditions, roaches and unlocked trash rooms, in recent weeks management found a solution: Now the trash rooms are locked, requiring the seniors to take their garbage downstairs instead of using the trash chutes. Judith Prieve, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsanitary was in 1872

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“Unsanitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanitary. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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un·​san·​i·​tary -ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unsanitary (audio)
: not sanitary : insanitary
unsanitary conditions

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