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historical usage of unprecedented
What is remarkable about unprecedented is that the two earliest known citations appear with the spelling unpresidented, with an si. The first use of this word appears in a 1641 speech by John Finch, Speaker of the House of Commons (later Lord Keeper of the Great Seal) and a very partisan supporter of King Charles I, and the second recorded use was made by King Charles himself in 1642 in his reply to Parliament. It is not until the following year that we find the first printed instance of this word spelled correctly, with a ce, in a political pamphlet in opposition to Charles I, written by Henry Parker, a strong supporter of the British Parliament.
OTHER WORDS FROM unprecedentedun·prec·e·dent·ed·ly, adverbun·prec·e·dent·ed·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for unprecedented
The number of dissenters though is unprecedented in the modern era.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We won an unprecedented pardon from then-President Karzai, and Gulnaz was freed.
“Today, we are before a heinous crime the likes of which are unprecedented in our safe country,” he said.Abu Dhabi Treats U.S. Teacher’s Murder as Terrorist Attack|Chris Allbritton|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So to hear such fervent anti-Ortega sentiment from previously devoted campesinos and compañeros is unprecedented.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he barely pushed the jurors to charge the cop and allowed the unprecedented step of letting the officer testify.Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk|Tom Nolan|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our young people are educated in republicanism; an apostacy from that to royalism is unprecedented and impossible.
The words fire, energy, abandon, found in him unprecedented meanings.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
These green men are doing an unprecedented thing in attacking the Ralas, the masters of this world, remember.
A sight of unprecedented splendour took place in Verona on the occasion of the Congress of Sovereigns that was held there in 1822.The Story of Verona|Alethea Wiel
During the first week the sale of stamps at Laurel Run post-office was unprecedented in the annals of the Department.