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paperbound (comparative more paperbound, superlative most paperbound)

  1. (not comparable, of a book) Having flexible covers; paperback; softcovered.
    • 1935, "Inflation Letters," Time, 4 Mar.:
      Last week in collaboration with his longtime associate, Frederick Shelton, Editor Kiplinger published a paperbound booklet called Inflation Ahead!—What to do about it.
  2. (comparable) Involving or burdened by excessive administrative requirements, especially in the form of paperwork.


  • (burdened by excessive administration or paperwork): bureaucratic