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

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Inspections also turned up an unsanitary embalming room. Corey Williams, The Seattle Times, "Police to file criminal complaint after fetus remains found," 16 Oct. 2018 Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières Six months in the unsanitary refugee shanties were a blur of visits to the doctor, slumped on his father’s back like a sack of rice, Mr. Ahmed recalled. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 The conditions were often dangerous and unsanitary. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I am a child’: How an artist turned civil rights imagery into a message of protest for immigrant kids," 1 July 2018 Harding said almost no one disagrees that D.C. General should be torn down — the shelter, which first attained notoriety after 8-year-old resident Relisha Rudd disappeared in 2014, is widely known as unsanitary and unsafe. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Lawmaker calls for delaying demolition near D.C. General until shelter residents are out," 9 July 2018 The measure would empower health department inspectors to respond to tenant complaints of unsanitary or life-threatening conditions. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC rental housing inspection proposal to go on August ballot | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Climate extremes, harsh land and unsanitary conditions make the camps a breeding ground for diseases and mental stress. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018 Even the brands that have tried their hand at active underwear tend to include cotton gussets in their designs, which are, to spare you the details, simply unsanitary. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Quo’s Active Underwear Is So Genius, You’ll Wonder How You Lived Without It," 24 Aug. 2018 Inspections also turned up an unsanitary embalming room. Fox News, "Detroit funeral home's license suspended after violations," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unsanitary

1872, in the meaning defined above

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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


un·​san·​i·​tary | \ -ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unsanitary (audio) \

Medical Definition of unsanitary

: not sanitary : insanitary unsanitary conditions

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