originality

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French originalité. Surface etymology is original +‎ -ity.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˌɹɪdʒᵻˈnælᵻti/

Noun[edit]

originality (countable and uncountable, plural originalities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being original or novel.
  2. (uncountable) The capacity to think independently or be inventive.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 132:
      Originality may be the capacity to look at the same facts and see new explanations.
  3. (countable) Something original.

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