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Origin of unique
usage note for unique
The earliest meanings of unique when it entered English around the beginning of the 17th century were “single, sole” and “having no equal.” By the mid-19th century unique had developed a wider meaning, “not typical, unusual,” and it is in this wider sense that it is compared: The foliage on the late-blooming plants is more unique than that on the earlier varieties. The comparison of so-called absolutes in senses that are not absolute is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
See also a1, complete, perfect.
OTHER WORDS FROM uniqueu·nique·ly, adverbu·nique·ness, nounnon·u·nique, adjectivenon·u·nique·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for unique
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
She ultimately ditched JSwipe after about a week and found her current, non-Jewish, boyfriend on OkCupid.
An atheist counsels his fellow non-believers on how not to talk to people of faith.
The distinction between over-policing and non-responsiveness was alive and well in Bed-Stuy.
Last summer, Louisiana also banned non-legal adoption, with offenders facing a penalty of $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
The expatriated ex-rebels became alarmed by the non-receipt of the indemnity instalment and the news from their homes.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The order of meals at Lane End was somewhat peculiar even then, and would now be almost unique.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
He also states that the Audiencia is virtually non-existent, and so there is no high court in which justice may be sought.
They are unique; that lady there is the Du Barry—a portrait worth, alone, six thousand francs.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
De moi, je ne say qu'en dire, d'autant que je ne veux affirmer ny le si ny le non en ce dont je n'ay vidence.
British Dictionary definitions for unique
- leading to only one resultthe sum of two integers is unique
- having precisely one valuethe unique positive square root of 4 is 2