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(--- Obs.) Designating or of the earliest geological periods, up through the Paleozoic Era
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  1. (--- Obs.) Designating or of the earliest geological periods, up through the Paleozoic Era
  2. Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest:
  3. Characterized by groups or radicals that are attached to the end carbon atom of a chain, i.e., to a CH2 group (Ex.: primary alcohols, CH2OH; primary amines, CH2NH2)
Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
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  1. Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
  2. Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient:
Not derivative; fundamental; original
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  1. Not derivative; fundamental; original
  2. (Biol.) Earliest formed in the development of an organism, organ, structure, etc.; primitive
  3. First in time; existing at or from the beginning; primitive; primeval
Of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary:
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  1. Of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary:
  2. Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary.
  3. Being in an early stage of development or having a simple form:
Existing (in a place) from the beginning or from earliest days; first; indigenous
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  1. Existing (in a place) from the beginning or from earliest days; first; indigenous
  2. Alternative capitalization of Aboriginal. [First attested in the late 18th century.]
  3. Having existed in a region from the beginning:
Of or having to do with the formal instruction of children in basic subjects
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  1. Of or having to do with the formal instruction of children in basic subjects
  2. Of first principles, rudiments, or fundamentals; introductory; basic; simple
  3. Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a subject:
(Grammar) Inchoative.
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  1. (Grammar) Inchoative.
  2. Beginning; introductory; initial
On which others are based; primary; original
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  1. On which others are based; primary; original
  2. Of or relating to the lowest possible frequency or the lowest frequency component of a vibrating element, system, periodic wave, or quantity:
  3. Of or relating to the foundation or base; elementary:
Of or pertaining to an early or original race or lineage; primitive.
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  1. Of or pertaining to an early or original race or lineage; primitive.
Of or existing in the beginning or the earliest times or ages; ancient; original
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  1. Of or existing in the beginning or the earliest times or ages; ancient; original
  2. Having evolved very little from an early type. Lampreys and sturgeon are primitive fishes.
  3. Relating to an early or original stage.
Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
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  1. Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
  2. Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
  3. Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning
(Informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing.
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  1. (Informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing.
Initial or introductory
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  1. Initial or introductory
In the first stage of existence; just beginning to exist or to come to notice
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  1. In the first stage of existence; just beginning to exist or to come to notice
  2. Beginning to exist or appear:
Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive:
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  1. Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive:
  2. Yielding good or useful results; constructive
  3. Capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile
Expressing a cause or reason
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  1. Expressing a cause or reason
  2. Of, involving, or constituting a cause:
Expressing causation. Used of a verb or verbal affix.
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  1. Expressing causation. Used of a verb or verbal affix.
  2. Producing an effect; causing
  3. (Gram.) Designating a word or form that expresses causation
Relating to or produced by the rules of a generative grammar.
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  1. Relating to or produced by the rules of a generative grammar.
  2. Having the power of generating, propagating, originating, or producing.
  3. Having the ability to originate, produce, or procreate.
Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity.
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  1. Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity.
  2. Having, using, or showing imagination; having great creative powers
  3. Having a lively imagination, especially a creative imagination.
Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
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  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
  2. Skilled in inventing; creative
  3. Creative, or skilful at inventing.
Characterized by the creation of new ideas or things
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  1. Characterized by the creation of new ideas or things
  2. Marked by innovation or given to making innovations.
  3. Forward looking; ahead of current thinking
Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness:
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  1. Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness:
  2. (Obs.) Having genius; having great mental ability
  3. Made or done in a clever or original way
Not adhering to convention; out of the ordinary.
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  1. Not adhering to convention; out of the ordinary.
  2. Out of the ordinary
  3. Not conventional; not conforming to customary, formal, or accepted practices, standards, rules, etc.
That forms a constituent part of something else
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  1. That forms a constituent part of something else
  2. Making a thing what it is; basic
  3. That makes something what it is; essential
(Linguistics) Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
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  1. (Linguistics) Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
  2. Capable of forming something.
  3. Giving or able to give form; helping to shape, develop, or mold
Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations.
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  1. Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations.
  2. Capable or clever; able to put available resources to efficient or ingenious use; using materials at hand wisely or efficiently.
Likely or about to do something:
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  1. Likely or about to do something:
  2. Prepared or available for service, action, or progress:
  3. Prompt in apprehending or reacting:
Done or occurring immediately:
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  1. Done or occurring immediately:
  2. Perceiving or responding with speed and sensitivity; keen:
  3. Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy:
Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development:
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  1. Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development:
  2. Of, relating to, or having the power to originate; creative.
  3. Like seed in being a source or a first stage in development; germinal; originative
Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses:
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  1. Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses:
  2. Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others:
  3. Easily hurt, upset, or offended:
Of or pertaining to an archetype.
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Tending to enliven, motivate, or exalt:
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  1. Tending to enliven, motivate, or exalt:
  2. Providing inspiration; encouraging; stimulating.
Rich in material needed to sustain plant growth:
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  1. Rich in material needed to sustain plant growth:
  2. (Physics) Capable of producing fissionable material:
  3. Capable of growing and developing; able to mature:
Of, relating to, or created by imaginative invention.
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  1. Of, relating to, or created by imaginative invention.
  2. Not real; imaginary; feigned
  3. Relating to or being a kinshiplike relationship among people who are not related by heredity, marriage, or adoption, often involving the use of kinship terms.
Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
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  1. Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
  2. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
  3. Corresponding in order to the number one.
Existing before, but known or discovered for the first time
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  1. Existing before, but known or discovered for the first time
  2. Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent:
  3. Taking the place of the previous one; recently appointed, acquired, etc.
Rested and ready for a long ride. Used of horses.
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  1. Rested and ready for a long ride. Used of horses.
  2. Recently made, produced, or harvested; not stale or spoiled:
  3. New to one's experience; not encountered before:
New and unusual; esp., being the first of its kind
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  1. New and unusual; esp., being the first of its kind
Superlative form of early: most early
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  1. Superlative form of early: most early
Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning
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  1. Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning
  2. Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
  3. Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
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  1. Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
  2. Relating to the first set of teeth that develops in humans.
  3. Relating to the replacement of only one of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which one valence of the functional group is taken by a carbon atom.
Of, relating to, or being financial principal, or a principal in a financial transaction.
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  1. Of, relating to, or being financial principal, or a principal in a financial transaction.
  2. Highest or among the highest in rank, authority, importance, degree, etc.
  3. First or highest in rank or importance.
Actual; real:
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  1. Actual; real:
  2. Being of pure or original stock:
  3. Really being what it is said to be or coming from the alleged source or origin; not counterfeit or artificial; real; true; authentic
Received from the original source:
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  1. Received from the original source:
  2. From the original producer or source; direct
  3. Direct, without intermediate stages.
Not copied; not having been copied.
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  1. Not copied; not having been copied.
Not derived, not related.
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  1. Not derived, not related.
  2. Not derived; basic:
Never having been used.
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  1. Never having been used.
  2. Not in use or put to use.
  3. Not used
Having such an income, fortune, etc. and, hence, not needing to work for a living
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  1. Having such an income, fortune, etc. and, hence, not needing to work for a living
  2. Free from the influence, control, or determination of another or others
  3. Providing or being sufficient income to enable one to live without working:
Being a single thing or unit; not two or more
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  1. Being a single thing or unit; not two or more
  2. Designating a person or thing as contrasted with or opposed to another or others
  3. Occurring or existing as something particular but unspecified, as in time past:
Acting, working, etc. alone without help
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  1. Acting, working, etc. alone without help
  2. Given or belonging to no other; not shared or divided; exclusive
  3. Without another or others; single; one and only
(Archaic) single; unmarried, or in widowhood
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  1. (Archaic) single; unmarried, or in widowhood
  2. Standing apart from others of its kind; isolated
  3. Sole; being the only one of a type.
Without another or others; alone; solitary
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  1. Without another or others; alone; solitary
  2. Separate from others; individual and distinct:
  3. (Botany) Having only one rank or row of petals:
Happening, done, or made alone:
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  1. Happening, done, or made alone:
  2. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal.
  3. Single and set apart from others:
Of recent origin; modern.
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  1. Of recent origin; modern.
  2. Recent; new; newly invented
Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief:
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  1. Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief:
  2. True to its type; conforming to an original in style, methods, etc.
  3. That is in fact as represented; genuine; real
(Philosophy) Free of empirical elements:
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  1. (Philosophy) Free of empirical elements:
  2. (Linguistics) Articulated with a single unchanging speech sound; monophthongal:
  3. (Phonet.) Articulated without any change in quality and with virtually no movement of the vocal organs; monophthongal
Recently come into fashion
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  1. Recently come into fashion
  2. Alternative form of new-fashioned.
  3. Made in a new and different form or style
(Biochemistry) Not converted from a processed mRNA sequence into a protein.
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  1. (Biochemistry) Not converted from a processed mRNA sequence into a protein.
  2. Not translated; in the original language.
Without precedent; unparalleled:
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  1. Without precedent; unparalleled:
  2. Lacking prior examples; unprecedented.
  3. Having no precedent, parallel, or similar case; unprecedented
Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect:
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  1. Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect:
  2. Basic and powerful; not subtle or refined; primal
  3. Being a chemical element in uncombined form
(Optics) Of or relating to an image made by the actual meeting of light rays at a point
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  1. (Optics) Of or relating to an image made by the actual meeting of light rays at a point
  2. Existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, etc.; not merely seeming, pretended, imagined, fictitious, nominal, or ostensible
  3. Of or founded on practical matters and concerns:
(Grammar) Of, relating to, or being a word, phrase, or construction that is isolated syntactically from the rest of a sentence, as the referee having finally arrived in The referee having finally arrived, the game began.
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  1. (Grammar) Of, relating to, or being a word, phrase, or construction that is isolated syntactically from the rest of a sentence, as the referee having finally arrived in The referee having finally arrived, the game began.
  2. (Physics) Relating to measurements or units of measurement derived from fundamental units of length, mass, and time.
  3. Of, relating to, or being a transitive verb when its object is implied but not stated. For example, inspires in We have a teacher who inspires is an absolute verb.
Superlative form of early: most early
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  1. Superlative form of early: most early
Happening or acting before all others; earliest
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  1. Happening or acting before all others; earliest
  2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
  3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning
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  1. Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning
  2. Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
  3. Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
Of, characteristic of, or suitable for a maiden
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  1. Of, characteristic of, or suitable for a maiden
  2. Never having won a race
  3. First or earliest; inaugural
Leading the way; trailblazing:
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  1. Leading the way; trailblazing:
  2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers:
  3. Being one of the first of its kind
Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
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  1. Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
  2. Of or in the first stage of a sequence; elementary
  3. Relating to the first set of teeth that develops in humans.
Highest in quality; excellent:
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  1. Highest in quality; excellent:
  2. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
  3. First in quality; of the highest excellence
Not derivative; fundamental; original
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  1. Not derivative; fundamental; original
  2. (Biol.) Earliest formed in the development of an organism, organ, structure, etc.; primitive
  3. Being or happening first in sequence of time; original.
(Bot.) Growing from the base of a stem
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  1. (Bot.) Growing from the base of a stem
  2. Of primary importance; basic.
  3. Being the base or basis; basic; fundamental
A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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  1. A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
  2. Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
  3. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis:
Of or forming a foundation or basis; basic; essential
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  1. Of or forming a foundation or basis; basic; essential
  2. On which others are based; primary; original
  3. Relating to what is basic; radical
Of or relating to primary stress.
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  1. Of or relating to primary stress.
  2. Not derived from anything else; basic or original:
  3. From which others are derived; fundamental; elemental; basic
(Medicine) Relating to or being surgery that is extreme or drastic in an effort to eradicate all existing or potential disease:
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  1. (Medicine) Relating to or being surgery that is extreme or drastic in an effort to eradicate all existing or potential disease:
  2. Arising from or going to a root or source; basic:
  3. Favoring fundamental or extreme change; specif., favoring basic change in the social or economic structure
Taking precedence; prior:
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  1. Taking precedence; prior:
  2. Basic; fundamental:
  3. Basic or fundamental
Of or relating to primary schools.
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  1. Of or relating to primary schools.
  2. Of or relating to primary stress.
  3. (Botany) Of, relating to, or derived from a primary meristem.
First or highest in rank or importance; main:
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  1. First or highest in rank or importance; main:
  2. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
  3. Highest in quality; excellent:
Not resulting from conscious thought or deliberation; unconscious or instinctual:
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  1. Not resulting from conscious thought or deliberation; unconscious or instinctual:
  2. Being a protolanguage:
  3. Not derivative; primary; basic
Conforming to the characteristics of a group or type; typical:
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  1. Conforming to the characteristics of a group or type; typical:
  2. Real or existing in fact as opposed to being assumed or deemed to have happened or exist. See also apparent and constructive. Real or existing in fact as opposed to being assumed or deemed to have happened or exist. See also apparent and constructive.
  3. Existing in reality or in fact; not merely possible, but real; as it really is
(Law) Executed in a manner so as to produce legal effectiveness:
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  1. (Law) Executed in a manner so as to produce legal effectiveness:
  2. True to its type; conforming to an original in style, methods, etc.
  3. That is in fact as represented; genuine; real
Authentic; genuine:
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  1. Authentic; genuine:
  2. Genuine; real
  3. In good faith. Acting, being, carried out, or made in good faith; authentic; genuine; sincere. In good faith. Acting, being, carried out, or made in good faith; authentic; genuine; sincere.
Honestly felt or experienced:
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  1. Honestly felt or experienced:
  2. Actual; real:
  3. Really being what it is said to be or coming from the alleged source or origin; not counterfeit or artificial; real; true; authentic
(Sports) Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play:
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  1. (Sports) Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play:
  2. Pleasant; enjoyable:
  3. Genuine; real:
Too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable.
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  1. Too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable.
  2. Clearly true; providing no possibility of doubt.
  3. That cannot be doubted; unquestionable
Not to be taken lightly; serious:
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  1. Not to be taken lightly; serious:
  2. Free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation:
  3. Existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, etc.; not merely seeming, pretended, imagined, fictitious, nominal, or ostensible
Consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous:
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  1. Consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous:
  2. Exactly conforming to a rule, standard, or pattern:
  3. Quick and exact in sensing and responding:
Not doubted or questioned; accepted:
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  1. Not doubted or questioned; accepted:
  2. Not doubted, called in question, or disputed; certain
  3. Without doubt; without question; certain.
Beyond question or doubt.
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  1. Beyond question or doubt.
  2. Not to be questioned, doubted, or disputed; certain
  3. Undeniable, obvious
Various
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  1. Various
  2. Unlike most others; unusual
  3. Distinct or separate:
Original, spontaneous, and stimulating
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  1. Original, spontaneous, and stimulating
  2. Unusual or different:
  3. New to one's experience; not encountered before:
Forward looking; ahead of current thinking
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  1. Forward looking; ahead of current thinking
  2. Marked by innovation or given to making innovations.
  3. Characterized by the creation of new ideas or things
Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
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  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
  2. Creative, or skilful at inventing.
  3. Skilled in inventing; creative
Designating the more or most recent of two or more things of the same class, though both may be old
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  1. Designating the more or most recent of two or more things of the same class, though both may be old
  2. Recently observed, experienced, manifested, etc.; different
  3. Different from the former or the old:
Fond of novelty.
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  1. Fond of novelty.
  2. (Usually derogatory or humorous) Contemptibly modern, unfamiliar, or different.
  3. (Now Rare) Tending toward or fond of novelty or new things
Strikingly new, unusual, or different.
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  1. Strikingly new, unusual, or different.
Not being acquainted; not conversant:
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  1. Not being acquainted; not conversant:
  2. Not within one's knowledge; strange:
  3. Not familiar or well-known; strange
Having no precedent or parallel; unheard-of; novel
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  1. Having no precedent or parallel; unheard-of; novel
  2. Never before seen or done, without precedent.
  3. Having no previous example:
Productive; creating.
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  1. Productive; creating.
  2. Tending to create things, or having the ability to create often, excellently, in a novel fashion, or any or all of these.
  3. Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative:
Clever, resourceful, original, and inventive
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  1. Clever, resourceful, original, and inventive
  2. Having great inventive skill and imagination:
  3. Made or done in a clever or original way
Characterized by the creation of new ideas or things
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  1. Characterized by the creation of new ideas or things
  2. Marked by innovation or given to making innovations.
  3. Forward looking; ahead of current thinking
Producing new ideas or products
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  1. Producing new ideas or products
Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
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  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
  2. Skilled in inventing; creative
  3. Adept or skillful at inventing; creative.
An ideal example of a type; quintessence:
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  1. An ideal example of a type; quintessence:
  2. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
  3. The original pattern, or model, from which all other things of the same kind are made; prototype
Any man deserving of respect or reverence because of age, position, etc.
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  1. Any man deserving of respect or reverence because of age, position, etc.
  2. A man who serves or is thought of as a protector:
  3. An adoptive father
A person, esp. a man, who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something
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  1. A person, esp. a man, who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something
  2. A man who owns a pack of hounds or is the chief officer of a hunt.
  3. Used formerly as a title for a man holding a naval office ranking next below a lieutenant on a warship.
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  1. (Biol.) energid
  2. (Bot.) A unit of protoplasm, such as makes up a single cell exclusive of the cell wall
  3. A thing or being that is the first of its kind
An original object or form which is a basis for other objects, forms, or for its models and generalizations
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  1. An original object or form which is a basis for other objects, forms, or for its models and generalizations
  2. (Computing) A declaration of a function that specifies the name, return type, and parameters but none of the body, or actual code.
  3. The first thing or being of its kind; original; model; pattern; archetype
Public estimation of someone; reputation:
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  1. Public estimation of someone; reputation:
  2. Moral strength; integrity:
  3. A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation:
  1. An odd or strange thing or opinion.
  2. One that is odd.
  3. A strange person; an oddball.
Any of a series of cards on which information is recorded
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  1. Any of a series of cards on which information is recorded
  2. A card to advertise or announce an event, product, etc.
  3. A compass card.
Find another word for original. In this page you can discover 146 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for original, like: primary, primeval, primordial, rudimentary, rudimental, aboriginal, elementary, inceptive, in embryo, fundamental and protogenic.