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[uhn-prin-tuh-buh l]
  1. improper or unfit for print, especially because of obscenity or offensiveness.
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Origin of unprintable

First recorded in 1855–60; un-1 + printable
Related formsun·print·a·ble·ness, nounun·print·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unprintable

Historical Examples

  • As for the caretakers of the parks their comment on this matter is unprintable.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross

  • Well, if she's of such high station, why is she such an (unprintable)?

  • They are so abominable that details are unprintable in clean newspapers.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • When he gave voice to the unprintable remark above he was through.

  • Your true garage man's feeling for electrics is unprintable.

    Half Portions

    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for unprintable


  1. unsuitable for printing for reasons of obscenity, libel, bad taste, etc
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Derived Formsunprintableness, noununprintably, adverb
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