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Definition 1: an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for original in the sense of this definition

(original is a kind of ...) an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

Definition 2: something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where original or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this painting is a copy of the original

Synonyms for original in the sense of this definition

(original is a kind of ...) a representative form or pattern

"I profited from his example"

Definition 3: being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where original or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a truly original approach
  • with original music
  • an original mind

(original is similar to ...) done by hand without mechanical aids or devices

"a freehand drawing"

(original is similar to ...) not derivative or imitative

"a natural underivative poet"

(original is similar to ...) being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before

"stylistically innovative works" "innovative members of the artistic community" "a mind so innovational, so original"

(original is similar to ...) containing seeds of later development

"seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"

(original is similar to ...) radically new or original

"an avant-garde theater piece"

(original is similar to ...) original and of a kind not seen before

"the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"

(means also ...) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

(means also ...) preceding all others in time or space or degree

"the first house on the right" "the first day of spring" "his first political race" "her first baby" "the first time" "the first meetings of the new party" "the first phase of his training"

(means also ...) having the ability or power to create

"a creative imagination"

(means also ...) not conforming to accepted rules or standards

"her unconventional dress and hair style"

(... are attributes of original) the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)

Definition 4: (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where original or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources

(original is similar to ...) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

Definition 5: not derived or copied or translated from something else - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where original or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the play is original; not an adaptation
  • he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox
  • the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French

(original is similar to ...) not derived; primary or simple

Definition 6: preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where original or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the original inhabitants of the Americas
  • the book still has its original binding
  • restored the house to its original condition
  • the original performance of the opera
  • the original cast
  • retracted his original statement

(original is similar to ...) preceding all others in time or space or degree

"the first house on the right" "the first day of spring" "his first political race" "her first baby" "the first time" "the first meetings of the new party" "the first phase of his training"

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