Definitions

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

  • adjective Lacking originality; trite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not original; derived; adventitious; accidental.
  • Having no origin or birth; ungenerated.

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  • adjective lacking originality

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

  • adjective not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

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Examples

  • Nice prank, albeit in unoriginal (scroll down to find the story of the ryegrass “M”).

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  • *That's* not a hacky - or 'unoriginal' - move at all. greggorybasore well said Jerry

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  • It is difficult to be called unoriginal, though I so often am.

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  • Repeating productions runs the risk of being called unoriginal, but well-loved titles can be worth the risk.

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  • I come from Nintendo forum, and it's amazing how many weak games are praised for being on the Wii and how many PS3 games are being dubbed unoriginal and the PS3 is too powerful, I don't know if they're jealous or if they are that set in their fanboyism.

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  • "[W] hile some of the trappings and even some of the plot elements could easily be called unoriginal, Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G Sánchez arrange them in a fresh way, crafting an emotionally resonant, nerve-jangling experience," writes

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  • "[W] hile some of the trappings and even some of the plot elements could easily be called unoriginal, Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G Sánchez arrange them in a fresh way, crafting an emotionally resonant, nerve-jangling experience," writes

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  • Tell me what do you mean when talking "unoriginal"?

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  • The point of this remarkable journey is to illustrate just how complicated and "unoriginal" the most original creativity is, how much even trail-blazing innovators rely on borrowing from other artists to invent their new creations.

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  • I definitely agree with your definition, but I do think the point that fanfic isn't unoriginal - look at these famous people who write in the same "unoriginal" fashion - is a good one.

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