- 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 unoriginality
They are not familiar to me, and yet I confess to a vague feeling of unoriginality.Tales of Fantasy and Fact
But there is a point at which unoriginality may become a sin.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
The unoriginality, however, is rather in the style than in the matter, and so will be more fitly remarked under the head of Style.
I said a moment ago that the most striking characteristic of the dilettanti is unoriginality.Books and Persons
- the quality or condition of being original
- the ability to create or innovate
- something original
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Word Origin and History for unoriginality
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