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[uh-rij-uh-nal-i-tee] /əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
the quality or state of being original.
ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
Origin of originality
1735-45; < French originalité. See original, -ity
Related forms
unoriginality, noun
1, 3. inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, creativeness. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for originality


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or condition of being original
the ability to create or innovate
something original
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for originality

1742, from original (adj.) + -ity. Probably after French originalité (1690s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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