Definition of sui generis in English:

sui generis

Syllabification: su·i ge·ne·ris
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞oˌī ˈjenərəs, ˌso͞oē


Unique: the sui generis nature of animals
More example sentences
  • Nonetheless, these concerns continue to animate opposition to the concept of sui generis protection.
  • It prescribed a new status for New Caledonia, which is today a sui generis Collectivity and no longer a Territory.
  • Our fingerprints and faces tell us we are each ‘sui generis,’ although most of us were raised to conform to, and fit into, a social structure, rather than being encouraged to discover and display our distinctive gifts.


Latin, literally 'of its own kind'.

Definition of sui generis in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day demoralize
Pronunciation: dəˈmôrəˌlīz
cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit