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unprecedented

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Definition not having happened before; or nothing similar having happened before
  • Human impact on the environment is increasing at an unprecedented rate.
unprecedented = not having happened before
  • The targeting of civilians is unprecedented in the conflict.
  • This is as unprecedented as it is dangerous.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • He went to his work with unprecedented seriousness.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • unprecedented = not having happened before
  • Ladies and gentlemen, an unprecedented event has taken place and thrown us into a state of the greatest alarm.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • All here is so unprecedented, so changed, so sudden and unfair, that I am absolutely lost.
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • But Hepzibah could not rid herself of the sense of something unprecedented at that instant passing and soon to be accomplished.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • Some very heated discussion was in progress, and meanwhile the door of the study was open—an unprecedented circumstance.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Gambler
  • Then from the captain, his thought passed to the people, and there came to him a jealousy of an unprecedented sort.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • However, to win the Long War against the Irreconcilable Wing of Islam we will need a level of linguistic and cultural understanding that has been almost unprecedented in our history.
    Newt Gingrich  --  Status of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.23345/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • We face unprecedented information security vulnerabilities in our hyper-networked, global economy.
    Clyde Wayne Crews  --  Cybersecurity Finger-pointing  --  http://www.cei.org/utils/printer.cfm?AID=4569 (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • We enjoy unprecedented levels of personal health, mobility, safety, education, and amenity.
    Christopher DeMuth  --  After the Ascent  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.11289,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Eliza's flight—an unprecedented event on the place—was also a great accessory in stimulating the general excitement.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Something resembling traditional aristocratic honor was allowed to survive ... but its survival depended on an unprecedented willingness on the part of the aristocrats or members of society's traditionally élite honor groups to treat the most talented among the upwardly mobile middle and even working classes as members of the honor group equal with themselves.
    James Bowman  --  Whatever Happened to Honor?  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.16655,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • That Mr Pancks should be moved to invite any one to dinner at Pentonville, was an unprecedented fact in his calendar.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • In a world of Internet transactions, rapid technological innovation, international trade, and unprecedented mobility, monopolies and exploitation are hard to sustain—provided we can keep the exits open.
    Michael S. Greve  --  How to Think about Constitutional Change, Part II  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.22942/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • It was the sensation of an unprecedented and incredible experience.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • It was a thing unprecedented in Smyrna at that time of the year, and scared some of the most skeptical.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • During the year 186-, the whole world was greatly excited by a scientific experiment unprecedented in the annals of science.
    Verne, Jules  --  Round The Moon
  • And again the unprecedented was established.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf

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