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novel -- as in: a novel situation
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  • We’re looking for novel advertising ideas.
  • It was a novel idea and just might work.
  • The computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem.
  • And she conceived the idea of a soldiers’ center. It was a novel idea for its day and Tante Jans threw all the passion of her nature into it.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place

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  • But Raymond was in his study when I arrived, and remained there until it was time to eat; and my nervousness disappeared in the novel excitement I felt at seeing Yvette, so recently naked, corrupt with pleasure, in the role of wife.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The Russian gentleman was so delighted with the strawberries that the three racked their brains to find some other surprise for him. But all the racking did not bring out any idea more novel than wild cherries.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • "A Novel Technique for Transforming the Theft of Mortal Human Cells into Praiseworthy Federal Policy"
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The idea that she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one, to say nothing of her having command of two languages.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Pierre was greatly surprised by his wife’s view, to him a perfectly novel one, that every moment of his life belonged to her and to the family.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • However novel and peculiar this testimony of attachment, I did not doubt the accuracy of the interpretation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • He wanted to find a "novel" item, something that people would wear that was not being sold in the stores.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • My dad taught this to us by example, but he also looked for novel ways to teach it to others.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The second handling-machine was now completed, and was busied in serving one of the novel contrivances the big machine had brought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Not because he wanted to be forgiven for missing the meal—that didn’t interest him at all, he might have rather enjoyed the punishment if it was done in some novel and unknown way.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • But enough of that for the present; let us go and see Master Pedro’s show, for I am sure there must be something novel in it.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ...he who ponders over the perfume of some novel flower—
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The whole thing was so novel and surprising that the General was completely overcome with happiness.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • CYRANO (coming nearer, passionately):
      Ay, a new tone!  In the tender, sheltering dusk
      I dare to be myself for once,—at last!
    (He stops, falters):
      What say I? I know not!—Oh, pardon me—
      It thrills me,—’tis so sweet, so novel. . .
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • If you think about the world of a preschooler, they are surrounded by stuff they don’t understand — things that are novel.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He remembered every detail of the previous day and he knew that a perfectly novel experience had befallen him, that he had received an impression unlike anything he had known before.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • There was a sharp turn at every twenty or thirty yards, and at each turn a novel effect.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • And yet in its refusal, it passes toward novel order as a primary requisite for important experience.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • He sat for some time, meditatively frowning, then picked up his pen and wrote across the title-page: "The author’s mathematical treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far as the present social order is concerned, dangerous and potentially subversive."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "I wish," said Margaret, striking out a novel thought, "that somebody would give us all a large fortune apiece!"
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He too returned to his old life at school and all his novel enterprises fell to pieces.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • To have all those noble Romans alive before me, and walking in and out for my entertainment, instead of being the stern taskmasters they had been at school, was a most novel and delightful effect.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • In after years such things became commonplace enough, but then they were in no slight degree novel and startling.
    Frank R. Stockton  --  The Lady, or the Tiger?
  • The night in prison was novel and interesting enough.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • She both fits in perfectly yet remains slightly novel.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Several sections of this book and its introduction had appeared in periodical publications, and other parts had been read by Sergey Ivanovitch to persons of his circle, so that the leading ideas of the work could not be completely novel to the public.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Lastly, he was to wind them up by appearing in his favourite character of Mr. William Button, of Tooley Street, in ’the highly novel and laughable hippocomedietta of The Tailor’s Journey to Brentford.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Bathsheba’s adventurous spirit was beginning to find some grains of relish in these highly novel proceedings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Once more, this novel method of walking behind the scenes, adopted by the managers of our National Academy of Music, attracted attention; but the managers themselves thought of nothing but their twenty-thousand francs.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Akakiy Akakievitch gazed upon all this as upon a novel sight.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Overcoat
  • He had never served in an atomic-powered ship, and as much of the equipment was classified for security a great deal of it was novel to him.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • He pronounced the last truly admirable word with the accent on the last syllable, not as unaware of vulgar usage, but feeling that this novel delivery enhanced the sonorous beauty which his reading had given to the whole.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Such meditation was a new thing for him, novel, sweet in a melancholy sort of way,
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Of course, there’s nothing novel in that.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • This was all we could find in each other, this the novel language of our life.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Novel things have been happening to me,
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • It was daring, novel, exciting; a sudden display of ultra violet windows through clothes and flesh into the soul…
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Is it so novel a thing?
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Wall Street Journal called it "an attractive high-risk-high-gain investment with novel growth potential."
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • ...the enemy is crafty and cunning and full of novel treacheries and stratagems.
    Winston Churchill  --  Their Finest Hour
  • Yet it is not wonderful that these conceptions are indefinite, since they have their origin in sources so utterly novel.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • Later I realized what made the experience so novel: He was the first old person I’d spent time with who wasn’t in my family.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • To counter that, a search is under way for novel approaches, finding an "architecture" different from...
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Besides the usual offers of psychic readings and how to learn yoga and the veiled messages from one set of initials to another there were several that were novel.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • I became aware of the figure of a youth about my own height, and habited in a white kerseymere morning frock, cut in the novel fashion of the one I myself wore at the moment.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • All its phases were familiar enough to me, every characteristic, all the alternatives which were likely to face me on the high seas—everything! … except the novel responsibility of command.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
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