unoriginal

adjective
un·​orig·​i·​nal | \ ˌən-ə-ˈrj-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce unoriginal (audio) , -ˈrij-nəl \

Definition of unoriginal

: lacking originality : not original an unoriginal idea a movie with a highly unoriginal plot an unoriginal thinker

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Examples of unoriginal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Written by , Dan Gregor, Doug Mand and Thomas Shepherd, the character development is negligible, the jokes unoriginal, lowest-common-denominator fare. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Hasty, hectic and harried, Robert Downey Jr.-starring ‘Dolittle’ is cursed," 15 Jan. 2020 Written by Gaghan, Dan Gregor, Doug Mand and Thomas Shepherd, the character development is negligible, the jokes unoriginal, lowest-common denominator fare. cleveland, "In cursed ‘Dolittle,’ they could not have done less (review)," 15 Jan. 2020 In a broad sense, America was remarkably unoriginal. Steele Brand, Twin Cities, "Steele Brand: Why knowing Roman history is key to preserving America’s future," 19 Sep. 2019 As unoriginal as the premise might be, the movie works well enough, thanks mainly to its two stars: David Oyelowo, portraying an LAPD detective named Jack, and Storm Reid as his teenage niece Ashley, who was murdered two weeks earlier. Michael O'sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "'Don’t Let Go’ review: Time-travel thriller works — as long as you don’t think too hard about it," 29 Aug. 2019 Sheriffs and district attorneys lodged unoriginal complaints, such as no longer being able to use the threat of harsher felony charges and longer prison sentences to persuade offenders to enter drug treatment programs. BostonGlobe.com, "named after Confederate military leader Robert E. Lee; for," 31 Oct. 2019 The reader is moved precisely by the young women’s dawning awareness of how little their particular gifts and desires may matter, how unoriginal and undignified are their pains and disappointments. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 28 Oct. 2019 Their relationship with their granddaughter is worth trashing to make a couple of unoriginal and barely actionable points? Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: How to talk to a semi-estranged daughter about her abusive spouse," 9 Sep. 2019 Their relationship with their granddaughter is worth trashing to make a couple of unoriginal and barely actionable points? Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: Teen upset by ‘sexist’ advice from her grandparents," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unoriginal

1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Unoriginal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unoriginal. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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unoriginal

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English Language Learners Definition of unoriginal

: not new or different : not able to think of or make new and creative things

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