unprecedented


un·prec·e·dent·ed

adjective \ˌən-ˈpre-sə-ˌden-təd\

: not done or experienced before

Full Definition of UNPRECEDENTED

:  having no precedent :  novel, unexampled
un·prec·e·dent·ed·ly adverb

Examples of UNPRECEDENTED

  1. The team has enjoyed unprecedented success this year.
  2. This level of growth is unprecedented.
  3. An unprecedented number of students are taking the class.
  4. … on one occasion, a president (Eisenhower) refers to himself as conservative. Four years later, the Republican presidential nominee (Goldwater) announces that he is a conservative. Another sixteen years later, Ronald Reagan, a self-declared conservative, is elected president by an overwhelming majority. By that time—1980—more Americans identify themselves as conservatives than as liberals. This was, and remains, a tectonic transformation, unprecedented in American history. —John Lukacs, Harper's, March 2008

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