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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
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English

Etymology

From French unique.

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Adjective

unique (comparable only in disputed usage)

  1. Being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.
    • 1978, Jimmy Carter, Proclamation 4611,  
      Admiralty Island contains unique resources of scientific interest which need protection to assure continued opportunities for study.
    • 2002, The American Practical Navigator,  
      GPS assigns a unique C/A code and a unique P code to each satellite.
    • 1941, Allen v. Walt Disney,  
      3. Both were written and published with the same unique chorus structure;

      4. Both compositions were written and published with the same unique harmonic structure;

    • 1920, Robert W. Lawson, Relativity: The Special and General Theory, original by Albert Einstein,  
      Perhaps the reader will wonder why we have placed our " beings " on a sphere rather than on another closed surface. But this choice has its justification in the fact that, of all closed surfaces, the sphere is unique in possessing the property that all points on it are equivalent.
  2. Of a feature, such that only one holder has it.
  3. (disputed) Of a rare quality.
  4. (disputed) Unusual.

Usage notes

  • Unique in its undisputed sense is not comparable. In its disputed senses, however, it can be compared as more unique, most unique, and occasionally as uniquer, uniquest.

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French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] unicus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

unique (epicene, plural uniques)

  1. unique
  2. only

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