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Definition 1: radically distinctive and without equal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • he is alone in the field of microbiology
  • this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem
  • Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint
  • craftsmen whose skill is unequaled
  • unparalleled athletic ability
  • a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history

Synonyms for unique in the sense of this definition

(unique is similar to ...) such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared

"an incomparable week of rest and pleasure" "the computer proceeds with its incomparable logic and efficiency" "this report is incomparable with the earlier ones because of different breakdowns of the data"

Definition 2: the single one of its kind - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a singular example
  • the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting
  • a unique copy of an ancient manuscript
  • certain types of problems have unique solutions

Synonyms for unique in the sense of this definition

(unique is similar to ...) existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

"upon the hill stood a single tower" "had but a single thought which was to escape" "a single survivor" "a single serving" "a single lens" "a single thickness"

Definition 3: (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a species unique to Australia

(unique is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

"rules with specific application" "demands specific to the job" "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

Definition 4: highly unusual or rare but not the single instance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • spoke with a unique accent
  • had unique ability in raising funds
  • a frankness unique in literature
  • a unique dining experience

(unique is similar to ...) not usual or common or ordinary

"a scene of unusual beauty" "a man of unusual ability" "cruel and unusual punishment" "an unusual meteorite"

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