Definition of Originality

1. Noun. The ability to think and act independently.

Generic synonyms: Ability, Power
Specialized synonyms: Innovativeness, Unconventionality, Freshness, Novelty

2. Noun. The quality of being new and original (not derived from something else).
Generic synonyms: Quality
Specialized synonyms: Freshness, Novelty, Heterodoxy, Unorthodoxy
Attributes: Original, Unoriginal
Derivative terms: Original
Antonyms: Unoriginality

Definition of Originality

1. n. The quality or state of being original.

Definition of Originality

1. Noun. The quality of being original or novel. ¹

2. Noun. The capacity to think independently or be inventive. ¹

3. Noun. Something original. ¹

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Definition of Originality

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Originality

origin of replication
original aspect ratio
original research
original sin
originality (current term)
originate in
origination fee

Literary usage of Originality

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of Greek Mathematics by Thomas Little Heath (1921)
"Extent of claim to originality. We gather from these prefaces a very good idea of the plan followed by Apollonius in the arrangement of the subject and of ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"But to exercise a severe originality upon great subjects, not to shrink either from strangeness of thought or of expression, provided they are the natural ..."

3. A Critical and Historical Introduction to the Canonical Scriptures of the by Wilhelm Martin Leberecht De Wette (1843)
"The character of originality rests on these two grounds, namely: — I. On the probability—judging ... This is the historico-critical ground of originality. ..."

4. Famous Composers and Their Works by John Knowles Paine, Theodore Thomas (1891)
"On the other hand, there are features of marked originality — or originality based on comparatively unknown folksong— in the two last acts. ..."

5. The Schoolmaster: A Commentary Upon the Aims and Methods of an Assistant by Arthur Christopher Benson (1908)
"Such originality as is extinguished by conventions is not of a very high order. The only originality that is worth having is that of the mind and heart, ..."

6. The School as a Social Institution: An Introduction to the Study of Social by Charles Leonidas Robbins (1918)
"Freedom, originality, and Initiative. It may seem inconsistent to speak of freedom ... Freedom, originality, and initiative are to be considered purely in a ..."

7. The Painter in Oil; a Complete Treatise on the Principles and Technique by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst (1903)
"CHAPTER XII originality originality is not a thing to strive for. ... The search for originality seldom results in anything worth having. ..."

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