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How do you describe the state of a now-flat sheet of paper that has previously been crumpled?

Should I just use crumpled as in, "The paper is crumpled" (even though it's not in a crumpled ball shape: it's flat with lines on it that have formed from it's being crumpled previously)?

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  • "The sheet has been crumpled (but no longer is)."
    – TrevorD
    Aug 20 '13 at 15:48
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I think you are looking for wrinkled:

wrin·kle, noun
1. a small furrow or crease in the skin, especially of the face, as from aging or frowning.
2. a temporary slight ridge or furrow on a surface, due to contraction, folding, crushing, or the like.

The second meaning above describes uncrumpled paper perfectly:

I flattened the page out but it was still wrinkled.

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    Also creased.
    – starwed
    Aug 20 '13 at 19:53
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    To my ear, a creased sheet of paper would be one that had been neatly folded (e.g. a sheet of letter paper folded to fit into a "business envelope") and has now been unfolded and still shows the creases. A wrinkled sheet has many tiny creases instead of one or two large ones. Aug 21 '13 at 3:17
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Uncrumpled, participle of uncrumple (“To return something which has been crumpled, closer to its original state”), may be a good choice. Wiktionary example sentences include:

I took the wadded up letter from the trash and carefully uncrumpled it.
As the newspaper uncrumpled, the picture on the frontpage become recognizable.

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The word 'scrunched, i.e. "crumpled up", comes to mind (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrunch)

This is definitely used in England. However, I don't think placing the prefix -un (unscrunched) works to smooth out the crumpled up paper.

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