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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: sanitaire, from Latin sanitas; SANITY

sanitary

adjective
     
Related topics: Cleaning
san‧i‧ta‧ry
1 [only before noun] relating to the ways that dirt, infection, and waste are removed, so that places are clean and healthy for people to live in [= hygienic]:
Diseases were spread through poor sanitary conditions.
a prison with no proper sanitary facilities (=toilets)
2 clean and not causing any danger to people's health [≠ insanitary]:
Often, the camps were not very sanitary.

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