originality

noun orig·i·nal·i·ty \ ə-ˌri-jə-ˈna-lə-tē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of originality

1 : the quality or state of being original
2 : freshness of aspect, design, or style
3 : the power of independent thought or constructive imagination

Examples of originality in a Sentence

  1. Critics have praised the movie's startling originality.

  2. I was amazed by the originality of her ideas.

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First Known Use of originality

1742


ORIGINALITY Defined for English Language Learners

originality

noun

Definition of originality for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being new and different in a good and appealing way


ORIGINALITY Defined for Kids

originality

noun orig·i·nal·i·ty \ ə-ˌri-jə-ˈna-lə-tē \

Definition of originality for Students

: the quality or state of being creative or new and different

Law Dictionary

originality

noun orig·i·nal·i·ty

legal Definition of originality

: the quality or fact of being the product of individual creation that warrants copyright protection for a particular work regardless of novelty


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