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sui generis (not comparable)
- (chiefly law) In a class of its own; one of a kind.
- 1821–1822, William Hazlitt, “Character of Cobbett”, in Table-Talk; or, Original Essays, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John Warren; Henry Colburn and Co.:
- It is easy to describe second-rate talents, because they fall into a class and enlist under a standard; but first-rate powers defy calculation or comparison, and can be defined only by themselves. They are sui generis, and make the class to which they belong.
- 1828, John Pye Smith, Four Discourses on the Sacrifice and Priesthood of Jesus Christ: and on Atonement and Redemption, page 67:
- The transcendent case before us is absolutely sui generis.
- 1994, Frances and Joseph Gies, “The Technology of the Commercial Revolution”, in Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel, →ISBN, page 111:
- The system was neither free enterprise nor socialism; it was sui generis, one of the unique creations of the Middle Ages.
- 1995, J.L. Austin, How To Do Things With Words:
- We see him as he sees himself, surveying the invisible depths of ethical space, with all the distinction of a specialist in the sui generis.
- 2015 August 6, Leslie Felperin, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl review – a scaldingly honest coming-of-age comedy”, in The Guardian:
- Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s remarkable, sui generis semi-autobiographical graphic novel, […]
- 2018, Shoshana Zuboff, chapter 11, in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:
- The basic operational mechanisms and business practices were so new and strange, so utterly sui generis, that all we could see was a gaggle of “innovative” horseless carriages.
- (rarer) By itself; of its own.
- Synonym: per se
- It is nothing to worry about sui generis, but in context of the other factors it's alarming indeed.
in a class of its own
- (proscribed) A thing apart, an isolated specimen.
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- (sciences, law, higher register, postpositive) sui generis (forming a class of its own)
- 2020 December 9, Konrad Litschko, “Innenministerkonferenz zu Querdenkern: Neue Härte”, in Die Tageszeitung: taz, →ISSN:
- Eine Abgrenzung zu diesen finde kaum statt, deren Aussagen würden „verleugnet oder als unproblematisch“ bewertet. Durch die Vermischung verschiedener Ideologien könne ein neuer Extremismus „sui generis“ entstehen.
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sui generis (invariable)
sui generis (invariable)