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Say, you have a sheet of paper. It is blank. I begin to write on it. It's no longer blank. But then what it is? I have tried the usual sources for antonyms but came up, well, blank.

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What about "occupied"? –  user8568 May 16 '11 at 19:15
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Suppose what you write on it is "Intentionally left blank." Is it kosher to call it blank then? –  mgkrebbs May 16 '11 at 20:37
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

A few options:

  • full / filled
  • marked
  • inked
  • dirty
  • nonblank — oddly in my spellchecker but not in my dictionary
  • touched
  • unclean
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+1 marked or marked up in this context. Inscribed if you want to be fancy. –  KitFox May 16 '11 at 19:08
    
"Unclean! Unclean!" All joking aside, I don't think that one works here - unless what's on the paper is either plague or a Satanic ritual. –  MT_Head Jun 17 '11 at 16:19
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  • If 'blank' means "The entire sheet is unmarked", then the opposite is "Some part of the sheet is touched", and the antonym is used or marked

  • If 'blank' means "The sheet is unfilled", then the opposite is "The entire sheet has been marked", and the antonym is full or filled in

The preferred natural antonym is the first; if you say "that sheet is not blank", the most likely inference is not that it is completely full but that it has at least some marks on it.

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To me, "a full sheet of paper" means one that hasn't been torn/cut in half or something; i.e. one that is the full 8.5x11" (or insert A4 measurements) in size. –  Marthaª Jun 17 '11 at 0:39
    
By formal logic the opposite of "No part of the sheet is touched" is "There exists such part of the sheet that is touched". Not the full sheet. –  chx Jun 17 '11 at 15:12
    
@chx: yes, the first point is taking the logical negation where a 'sheet' is comprised of all the places on it that can be written on. The second one is where there is one thing, the sheet, and is at one extreme or the other. The seats at a doctors office can be completely empty, completely taken, or somewhere in between, and there is the logical negation of empty which could be taken to be either for some seat or the entire set of seats, i.e. the opposite of empty could be 'at least one seat taken' or it could be 'completely full/no vacancy'. I'll fix my wording for the 2nd. –  Mitch Jun 17 '11 at 15:35
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When a piece of paper is no longer blank, it becomes something purposeful. It takes shape as a story, list, poem, missive, letter, report, sketch, diagram, doodle, etc.

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So I'd say the only antonym you could say with no other context is that the paper is 'not blank' –  Oldcat Nov 7 '13 at 23:33
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IF something is written on a blank sheet of paper, I'd call it a used piece of paper.

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I like most of @MrHen's answers, but would add "written on" (or "written-on")...that is the one I would be most likely to use colloquially.

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Well, Encarta says the antonym for blank is full … sort of (I guess) the way the fuel gauge on your car has empty and full on either spectrum.

Maybe once you start writing you could call it a partial [whatever you're putting into the sheet of paper].

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Why the downvote? This answer is a lot better than many of the others. –  Peter Shor May 16 '11 at 23:06
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What about besmirched?

I personally like unblank.

Perhaps deblanked?

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