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English definition of “originality”

originality

noun [U]     /əˌrɪdʒ.ɪˈnæl.ə.ti/ US  /-t̬i/ approving
the quality of being special and interesting and not the same as anything or anyone else: We were impressed by the originality of the children's work.NewModern and fashionable
(Definition of originality noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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