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sui generis

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Etymology

Borrowed from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]]. From suī (“of its own”) + generis, the genitive of genus (“kind”). Literally meaning “of its own kind”.

Pronunciation

  • (RP)1 IPA: /suˑ.i ˈgɛnɛɹɪs/
  • (RP)2 IPA: /sʊɪ ʤəˈnɛɹɪs/

Adjective

sui generis (not comparable)
  1. In a class of its own; one of a kind.
    Anyone who considers the Femmes sui generis has never listened to the Velvets.
    • 1995, How To Do Things With Words, by J.L. Austin
      We see him as he sees himself, surveying the invisible depths of ethical space, with all the distinction of a specialist in the sui generis.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) By itself; of its own.
    It is nothing to worry about sui generis, but in context of the other factors it's alarming indeed.

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