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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
1605-1615
1605-15; individual + -ity
Related forms
nonindividuality, noun, plural nonindividualities.
Synonyms
1. See character.
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  • For motorists, it is merely a means to get from one place to another while struggling to retain their freedom and individuality.
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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