Originality O*rig`i*nal"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. originalit['e].] 1. The quality or state of being original. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Ability to create new and original ideas, works of art, theories, etc.; ability to express oneself in an original manner; creativity; -- of people. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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