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 copyhard-copy, adjective
Words nearby hard copy
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Example sentences from the Web for hard copy
Do people prefer “certain documents in hard-copy” or do they “favor online disclosure?”SEC Report Calls Most Regular Investors Financially Illiterate|Alex Klein|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Please note that the hard-copy book used to create this ebook was not in the best condition.The Countess of Charny|Alexandre Dumas (pere)
British Dictionary definitions for hard copy
computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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