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Main Entry: uniquePronunciation: yu-'nEkFunction: adjectiveEtymology: French, from Latin unicus, from unus one —more at ONE Date: 16021 : being the only one : SOLE 2 a : being without a like or equal : UNEQUALED b : distinctively characteristic : PECULIAR 1 3 : UNUSUAL synonym see STRANGE- unique·ly adverb- unique·ness nounusage Many commentators have objected to the comparison or modification (as by somewhat or very) of unique; the statement that a thing is either unique or it is not has often been repeated by them. Objections are based chiefly on the assumption that unique has but a single absolute sense, an assumption contradicted by information readily available in a dictionary. Unique dates back to the 17th century but was little used until the end of the 18th when, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was reacquired from French. H. J. Todd entered it as a foreign word in his edition (1818) of Johnson's Dictionary, characterizing it as "affected and useless." Around the middle of the 19th century it ceased to be considered foreign and came into considerable popular use. With popular use came a broadening of application beyond the original two meanings (here numbered 1 and 2a). In modern use both comparison and modification are widespread and standard but are confined to the extended senses 2b and 3. When sense 1 or sense 2a is intended, unique is used without qualifying modifiers.I <3 Ed, simple and to the point.
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