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originality

[uh-rij-uh-nal-i-tee] /əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being original.
2.
ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
3.
freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
Origin of originality
1735-1745
1735-45; < French originalité. See original, -ity
Related forms
unoriginality, noun
Synonyms
1, 3. inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, creativeness.
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  • Ruth asked, and Bettina gave Charlotte the credit, though she in turn disclaimed any originality in the matter.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • No one had imagined precisely this turn in Ethel's originality.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • You forget my bookI interposedI know there is some intellect in that, and some originality too.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • There is a great deal too much variety and spontaneity and originality about.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • It was an old invention of thieves and possessed no originality.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for originality

originality

/əˌrɪdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or condition of being original
2.
the ability to create or innovate
3.
something original
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Word Origin and History for originality
n.

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

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