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.
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Example sentences from the Web for uniqueness
It tackled issues with that much creativity and honesty and uniqueness and bravery.'Glee' 100th Episode: The Sad Ballad of an Elderly Trainwreck|Kevin Fallon|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a unique trajectory, but hopefully I can capitalize on its uniqueness.Daniel Radcliffe on ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ Love Scenes, and What’s Next|Marlow Stern|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Somewhere your uniqueness will be challenged and you will be faced with a choice—stick to your guns or eat your ego.How to Write Groundhog Day: 10 Rules for Screenwriters|Danny Rubin|October 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For that Koh developed a theory of "uniqueness versus fungibility."
My journey also made me realize the uniqueness of this pair.Monument Valley From the Eyes of a Krazy Kat and John Ford Fan|Malcolm Jones|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, Mr. Leary had been the recipient of unlimited praise upon the ingenuity and the uniqueness expressed in his costume.The Life of the Party|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
This feature of uniqueness will cause many to regard it with suspicion.
In these chapters the uniqueness of Israel is as much urged upon us as the unity of God.The Expositor's Bible|George Adam Smith
Else how would I have travelled back from the underworld into such a position of trust and uniqueness as this?The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel|Mary E. Hanshew
Just here, let me call your attention to the uniqueness and specialty of this conference.Civilization the Primal Need of the Race|Alexander Crummell
British Dictionary definitions for uniqueness
- leading to only one resultthe sum of two integers is unique
- having precisely one valuethe unique positive square root of 4 is 2