in·di·vidu·al·ity AW [individuality individualities] BrE [ˌɪndɪˌvɪdʒuˈæləti] NAmE [ˌɪndɪˌvɪdʒuˈæləti] noun uncountable
the qualities that make sb/sth different from other people or things
• She expresses her individuality through her clothes.
• The plot is credible but the characters lack individuality.
early 17th cent.: in early use from medieval Latin individualitas.
• Becoming part of a team should not mean the suppression of individuality.
• Each song has its own individuality.
• The pictures give individuality to the room.
• The small items of hand-crafted furniture give individuality to the room.
• This book will help you recognize your individuality.
• clothes that reflect your individuality
• Traditional shop fronts add charm and individuality to High Streets.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|1.||The quality or state of being individual or constituting an individual; separate or distinct existence; oneness; unity.|
They possess separate individualities.
|2.||The character or property appropriate or peculiar to an individual; that quality which distinguishes one person or thing from another; the sum of characteristic traits; distinctive character; as, he is a person of marked individuality.|
|3.||A habit of thinking and acting in one's own distinctive manner and as one believes appropriate, not being heavily influenced by the opinions of others; - of people.|
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