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[sing-guh l-nis] /ˈsɪŋ gəl nɪs/
the state or quality of being single.
Origin of singleness
1520-30; single + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among other characteristics of genius, was his simplicity of character and singleness of mind.

  • And, with a child's singleness of idea, he returned to the marriage.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "But you said you had an idea," said Isobel, whose private specialty was singleness of purpose.

  • One has the mercenary spirit, the other has singleness of purpose.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • The scene, in singleness and purity of tint, rivals the blue of the sky.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • A man following a buck is governed by a like singleness of purpose.

  • Just now the singleness and strength of McTeague's passion startled him.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • You gave no opinion on the singleness and permanence of love.'

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • In 1849 he resigned his pastorate, and henceforth, with singleness of purpose, devoted himself to his one calling.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • In the room, there came a silence and a singleness over all their hearts.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

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