not abridged or shortened, as a book.


a dictionary that has not been reduced in size by omission of terms or definitions; the most comprehensive edition of a given dictionary.

Origin of unabridged

1590–1600; un-1 + abridged

Synonyms for unabridged

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Contemporary Examples of unabridged

  • The Great Invisible is something of a marvel—a balanced, unabridged portrait of life before and after the BP disaster.

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    Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil

    Samuel Fragoso

    November 2, 2014

  • Still waiting for Audible to release the unabridged versions of The Fugitive and Time Regained.

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    Proustblogging: It's in Style!

    David Frum

    October 4, 2012

  • A Mercury-Jupiter merger urges you to put your boldest, unabridged ideas out there, and watch them catch like wildfire.

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    Zodiac Beast

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    April 9, 2011

  • I cannot find "hedra" in my unabridged dictionary, and yet somehow the name teases me.

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    11 Creepy Movie Stalkers!

    Marlow Stern

    February 3, 2011

Historical Examples of unabridged

British Dictionary definitions for unabridged



(of a book, speech, etc) not reduced in length by condensing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unabridged

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of abridge. Since 19c. chiefly in reference to literary works.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper