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
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    • 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'.

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