Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Without precedent; unparalleled.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lacking prior examples; unprecedented.

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

  • adjective having no previous example or precedent or parallel

Etymologies

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From un- +‎ exampled.

Examples

  • 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.

    The Golden Bowl — Complete

  • 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.

    The Golden Bowl — Complete

  • 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.

    The Golden Bowl — Volume 1

  • 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.

    The Golden Bowl — Complete

  • 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.

    The Golden Bowl — Volume 1

  • 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.

    The Golden Bowl — Volume 1

  • 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.

    Letter 22

  • 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.

    Chapter 1

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