Definition of soft copy in US English:

soft copy


  • A legible version of a piece of data that is not printed on a physical medium, especially as stored or displayed on a computer.

    • ‘The soft copy of our eight-page thesis proposal is missing, and I will have to retype it again.’
    • ‘‘We have given them hard copies, as well as soft copies, of all the representations made to us,’ Tsang said.’
    • ‘Nominations must reach the Directorate of Honours and Awards no later than May 31 this year in both hard and soft copy.’
    • ‘So we refer to a soft copy of a CD-ROM disk as an ISO 9660 image.’
    • ‘Any soft copies, disks and backup tapes are to remain only at their office, never to be taken out to see the light of day.’


soft copy

/sôft ˈkäpē/