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noun

copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
copy that is finished and ready for the printer.

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Origin of hard copy

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

OTHER WORDS FROM hard copy

hard-copy, adjective
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hard copy

noun

computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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