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sanitary Syllabification: san·i·tar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsanəˌterē/

Definition of sanitary in English:


1Of or relating to the conditions that affect hygiene and health, especially the supply of sewage facilities and clean drinking water: a sanitary engineer
More example sentences
  • ‘The people are being supplied with safe drinking water and proper sanitary facilities,’ he said.
  • Maintain good animal health through sanitary facilities.
  • This needs to be taken into account when providing sanitary facilities and health information for female pupils in primary school.
1.1Hygienic and clean: the most convenient and sanitary way to get rid of food waste from your kitchen
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  • Adequate cooking, sanitary handling and preparation and hygienic processing methods are better ways to reduce illness from microorganisms in meat.
  • Pump dispensers are more sanitary than bars of soap, and they are disposable.
  • Food is supplied generally in cubes which are served above the floor of the cage to keep it sanitary.
salubrious, healthy, wholesome


Mid 19th century: from French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas 'health', from sanus 'healthy'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌterəlē/
Example sentences
  • Enemies are secretly and sanitarily disposed of.
  • Richmond's city code gives people the option to bury, cremate or dispose of their pets sanitarily or to call Richmond's animal-control staff and arrange to have the pet picked up for disposal.


Example sentences
  • The director said if the country failed to improve intellectual property rights and the sanitariness of its agricultural products, it would lose both its international and domestic markets.

Words that rhyme with sanitary

interplanetary, planetary

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