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  1. not abridged or shortened, as a book.
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  1. a dictionary that has not been reduced in size by omission of terms or definitions; the most comprehensive edition of a given dictionary.
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Origin of unabridged

1590–1600; un-1 + abridged

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Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for unabridged

entire, total, whole, complete, intact, unabbreviated, uncut, unexpurgated, full-length, uncondensed

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  1. (of a book, speech, etc) not reduced in length by condensing
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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper