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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
Example sentences from the Web for unprecedented
The episode was also unprecedentedly dark—even for this show.‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale Review of ‘A’: Rick Grimes Is a Murderer|Melissa Leon|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The United States had toppled the Taliban and cornered al Qaeda with record speed and an unprecedentedly small number of troops.How Bin Laden Escaped in 2001—The lessons of Tora Bora|Yaniv Barzilai|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This was an unprecedentedly practical attempt to hasten on the Last Days, that recurrent Protestant preoccupation.Why Won’t the West Defend Middle Eastern Christians?|Diarmaid MacCulloch|October 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This unprecedentedly hostile verdict is a sign that a dictatorship has taken power in Ukraine.
At first I confined my researches to churches, palaces, and the museum, particularly as the weather was unprecedentedly bad.A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy|Ida Pfeiffer
On the whole, it certainly was to the credit of the regiment that she should be so universally and unprecedentedly admired.Captain Mansana and Mother's Hands|Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson
It also so much weakened the Kosas that for the unprecedentedly long period of twenty years there was no Kafir war.Impressions of South Africa|James Bryce
Although our passage had been unprecedentedly short, yet I need not inform you that this news was hailed with joy by all on board.Three Years in Europe|William Wells Brown
Those materials can now be had at an unprecedentedly low price.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 2|Samuel J. Tilden