plaintext

[ pleyn-tekst ]
/ ˈpleɪnˌtɛkst /
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noun

the intelligible original message of a cryptogram, as opposed to the coded or enciphered version.

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Also called clear text.
Compare cryptography.

Origin of plaintext

First recorded in 1915–20; plain1 + text
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British Dictionary definitions for plaintext

plain text

noun

telecomm a message set in a directly readable form rather than in coded groups
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