from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Without precedent; unparalleled: "Witchcraft blazed forth with unexampled virulence” ( Montague Summers).

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  • adj. Lacking prior examples; unprecedented.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no example or similar case; being without precedent; unprecedented; unparalleled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no example or similar case; having no precedent or rival; unprecedented; unparalleled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having no previous example or precedent or parallel


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From un- +‎ exampled.


  • There was no want of local talent to supply the vacancy so unexpectedly and painfully made by the removal of Captain Spiers, but a combination of curious circumstances, and chiefly the state of transition which at the moment characterised the politics of the two most likely candidates, left the field open for a stranger, while the enthusiasm felt in this part of the island for the new Prime Minister made it almost a matter of course that the vacant seat should be conferred, on terms unexampled for magnanimity and ease, upon that statesman who had been singled out for the post of Home Secretary by Mr. Gladstone, but who, having been thrown overboard at the general election by the new constituency of

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  • The reason was -- into which he had lived, quite intimately, by the end of a quarter-of-an-hour -- that just this truth of their safety offered it now a kind of unexampled receptacle, letting it spread and spread, but at the same time elastically enclosing it, banking it in, for softness, as with billows of eiderdown.

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  • Morris's easy, elegant prose changes gear when disasters loom: disasters such as the British retreat from Kabul after the first Afghan war, described by historian Sir John Kaye as "the most terrible in the history of British arms and a completion of a tragedy whose awful completeness was unexampled in the history of the world".

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  • Through the unexampled goodness of Mr. Lofft, I am now able to send you this Coppy of my poem.

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  • Pardon this gush of sorrow; these ineffectual words are but a slight tribute to the unexampled worth of Henry, but they soothe my heart, overflowing with the anguish which his remembrance creates.

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  • The result was on the one hand a vast and unexampled development of industry.


  • For a member of the Portuguese Congregation, and especially a gentleman occupying the honorable post of treasurer, to desire to marry a 'Tudesco' woman was an unexampled occurrence, upon which the Mahamad [Synagogue council] could not venture to pronounce an opinion!

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  • For one widely played story, Mr. Thuermer negotiated with German officials to interview British author P.G. Wodehouse, "the imperturbable creator of the unexampled Jeeves," who in a series of beloved stories is personal valet to the foppish Bertie Wooster.

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  • When the count was announced, “strong and involuntary expressions of joy burst forth from the numerous-transported spectators,” which Ramsay said was “unexampled in the annals of Carolina.”


  • Their reach into the streets and alleyways of many cities was further lengthened by a previously unexampled instance of labor-management amity, as self-interest placed tens of thousands of brewery employees not to mention barrel makers and wagon drivers and ice haulers and scores of other working legions at the ready for the next antisuffrage rally or referendum.



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