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[in-duh-vij-oo-al-i-tee] /ˌɪn dəˌvɪdʒ uˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural individualities.
the particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature:
a person of marked individuality.
individualities, individual characteristics.
a person or thing of individual or distinctive character.
state or quality of being individual; existence as a distinct individual.
the interests of the individual as distinguished from the interests of the community.
Archaic. state or quality of being indivisible or inseparable.
Origin of individuality
First recorded in 1605-15; individual + -ity
Related forms
nonindividuality, noun, plural nonindividualities.
Synonym Study
1. See character. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is the very actuality of the ideality of individuality.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • She did not purpose to surrender her individuality; she would not become a dummy.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • The dropping minutes, however, detract one by one from her individuality and threaten to sink her in her sex entirely.

  • Each in appearance and in habit has an individuality of its own.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • In individuality and picturesqueness of narrative, these two works surpass all the historical writings of the Carolingian time.

British Dictionary definitions for individuality


noun (pl) -ties
distinctive or unique character or personality: a work of great individuality
the qualities that distinguish one person or thing from another; identity
the state or quality of being a separate entity; discreteness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for individuality

"the aggregate of one's idiosyncrasies," 1610s, from individual + -ity. Meaning "fact of existing as an individual" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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