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-cop·y, adjective
Words nearby hard copy
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Example sentences from the Web for hardcopy
Lil looked up from her mediated state and glared at me as I pored over the hardcopy, nodding enthusiastically.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for hardcopy
computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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