from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not sanitary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not sanitary; unhealthy; not designed or fitted to secure health.

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  • adjective unhealthy; dirty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not sanitary or healthful


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un- +‎ sanitary


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  • Someone I know uses unsanitary to mean something roughly synonymous with politically incorrect. I am wondering how widespread this usage is.

    July 21, 2015

  • like "that sounds too unsanitary," or "an unsanitary choice of words"? I've definitely not seen or heard such usage.

    July 21, 2015

  • Like a taboo. For example, "I resent that they make it unsanitary to even discuss that subject."

    July 23, 2015