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individuality

[in-duh-vij-oo-al-i-tee] /ˌɪn dəˌvɪdʒ uˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural individualities.
1.
the particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature:
a person of marked individuality.
2.
individualities, individual characteristics.
3.
a person or thing of individual or distinctive character.
4.
state or quality of being individual; existence as a distinct individual.
5.
the interests of the individual as distinguished from the interests of the community.
6.
Archaic. state or quality of being indivisible or inseparable.
Origin of individuality
1605-1615
1605-15; individual + -ity
Related forms
nonindividuality, noun, plural nonindividualities.
Synonyms
1. See character.
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  • This is the very actuality of the ideality of individuality.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • She did not purpose to surrender her individuality; she would not become a dummy.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • The dropping minutes, however, detract one by one from her individuality and threaten to sink her in her sex entirely.

  • Each in appearance and in habit has an individuality of its own.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • In individuality and picturesqueness of narrative, these two works surpass all the historical writings of the Carolingian time.

British Dictionary definitions for individuality

individuality

/ˌɪndɪˌvɪdjʊˈælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
distinctive or unique character or personality: a work of great individuality
2.
the qualities that distinguish one person or thing from another; identity
3.
the state or quality of being a separate entity; discreteness
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Word Origin and History for individuality
n.

"the aggregate of one's idiosyncrasies," 1610s, from individual + -ity. Meaning "fact of existing as an individual" is from 1650s.

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