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Etymology

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cleanly +‎ -ness

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈklɛn.li.nɪs/, /ˈklɛn.li.nəs/
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Noun

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cleanliness (usually uncountable, plural cleanlinesses)

  1. The property of being cleanly, or habitually clean; good hygiene.
    • 1946 May and June, J. Alan Rannie, “The Midland of 35 Years Ago”, in Railway Magazine, page 137:
      Both engines and carriages were maintained in admirable cleanliness, and a very high standard of neatness characterised the permanent way and lineside buildings.
  2. Ritual purity.

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