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original

adjective

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1 coming before all others in time or order
  • the original plan had to be discarded when the situation changed drastically

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2 having the skill and imagination to create new things
  • an original artist who wanted his paintings to convey his emotional responses to the people, objects, and landscapes he painted

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3 not known or experienced before
  • separate categories for original and adapted screenplays

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original

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Synonyms & Antonyms of original (Entry 2 of 2)

1 something from which copies are made
  • please make copies to hand out, but keep the original

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2 a person of odd or whimsical habits
  • the town's singing mailman is an original, all right

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Frequently Asked Questions About original

How does the adjective original differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of original are fresh, new, and novel. While all these words mean "having recently come into existence or use," original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist.

a man without one original idea

Where would fresh be a reasonable alternative to original?

In some situations, the words fresh and original are roughly equivalent. However, fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness.

a fresh start

When can new be used instead of original?

The words new and original can be used in similar contexts, but new may apply to what is freshly made and unused, what has not been known before, or what has not been experienced before.

new brick

new designs

starts the new job

When would novel be a good substitute for original?

The words novel and original are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented.

a novel approach to the problem

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The first known use of original was in the 14th century

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“Original.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/original. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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