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sui generis

[ soo-i -ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy -jen-er-is, soo-ee ]
/ ˈsʊ ɪ ˈgɛ nɛ rɪs; English ˈsu aɪ ˈdʒɛn ər ɪs, ˈsu i /
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adjective Latin.

of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique.

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British Dictionary definitions for sui generis

sui generis
/ (ˌsuːaɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs) /

adjective

unique

Word Origin for sui generis

Latin, literally: of its own kind
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Cultural definitions for sui generis

sui generis
[ (sooh-ee, sooh-eye jen-uh-ris) ]

A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself: “She is an original artist; each of her paintings is sui generis.” From Latin, meaning “of its own kind.”

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