plaintext

[ pleyn-tekst ]
/ ˈpleɪnˌtɛkst /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. plains of abraham,
  2. plainsman,
  3. plainsong,
  4. plainstones,
  5. plaint,
  6. plaintiff,
  7. plaintive,
  8. plaintively,
  9. plainview,
  10. plainville

Compare cryptography.

Origin of plaintext

First recorded in 1915–20; plain1 + text

Also called clear text.

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British Dictionary definitions for plain text

plain text

noun

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