- the quality or state of being original.
- ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
- freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
Origin of originality
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1, 3. inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, creativeness.
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Examples from the Web for originality
Yet an answer, or even a speculation, would have added insight and originality to this terrific but risk-averse debut.Ted Thompson’s Debut Novel Features A 1 Percenter As Its Hero
May 6, 2014
This adds only more fuel to the accusation that originality and risk on Broadway have virtually disappeared.Is Broadway Being Destroyed by Hollywood?
March 17, 2014
No one said Washington scored high on the originality scale.Calling BS on the Surge in Cursing by Beltway Politicians
February 28, 2013
In the event of a tie, tied Video Entries will be re-judged based solely on: Film Technique (1/2) and Originality (1/2).OFFICIAL RULES OF THE IMAX® Award Contest—Deadline Extended
October 8, 2012
If they were secretaries, take away 15 for lack of originality.The Cain Sexual-Harassment Game
November 2, 2011
His motives for this stroke of originality were difficult to discover.The Secret Agent
This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.Heroes of the Telegraph
His originality as an inventor has indeed been called in question, like that of Watt and Stephenson.Self-Help
This savours of originality, at least, and is just as insipid, if not more.The Book of Khalid
Yet the greater merit of the work is not the admirable art, but the originality of thought.The Republic
- the quality or condition of being original
- the ability to create or innovate
- something original
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Word Origin and History for originality
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