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originality

[uh-rij-uh-nal-i-tee] /əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being original.
2.
ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
3.
freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
Origin of originality
1735-1745
From the French word originalité, dating back to 1735-45. See original, -ity
Related forms
unoriginality, noun
Synonyms
1, 3. inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, creativeness.
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  • His motives for this stroke of originality were difficult to discover.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.

  • His originality as an inventor has indeed been called in question, like that of Watt and Stephenson.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • This savours of originality, at least, and is just as insipid, if not more.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Yet the greater merit of the work is not the admirable art, but the originality of thought.

    The Republic Plato
British Dictionary definitions for originality

originality

/əˌrɪdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or condition of being original
2.
the ability to create or innovate
3.
something original
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Word Origin and History for originality
n.

1742, from original (adj.) + -ity. Probably after French originalité (1690s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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