un|pre|ce|dent|ed [ʌnˈpresıdentıd] adj
never having happened before, or never having happened so much
He took the unprecedented step of stating that the rumours were false.
Crime has increased on an unprecedented scale.
unprecedented in
an event that is unprecedented in recent history
>unprecedentedly adv

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Unprecedented — Un*prec e*dent*ed, a. Having no precedent or example; not preceded by a like case; not having the authority of prior example; novel; new; unexampled. {Un*prec e*dent*ed*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unprecedented — I adjective anomalous, exceptional, extraordinary, first, inauditus, incomparable, initial, miraculous, modern, new, newfangled, novel, novus, original, rare, singular, uncustomary, unequaled, unexampled, unexpected, unfamiliar, unheard of,… …   Law dictionary

  • unprecedented — (adj.) 1620s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + PRECEDENTED (Cf. precedented). In common use from c.1760 …   Etymology dictionary

  • unprecedented — is pronounced with its second syllable pres not prees …   Modern English usage

  • unprecedented — [adj] exceptional, original aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, bizarre, eccentric, exotic, extraordinary, fantastic, freakish, idiosyncratic, marvelous, miraculous, modern, new, newfangled, novel, odd, outlandish, outof the way*, outré, preternatural …   New thesaurus

  • unprecedented — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ never done or known before. DERIVATIVES unprecedentedly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unprecedented — [unpres′ə den΄tid] adj. having no precedent or parallel; unheard of; novel …   English World dictionary

  • unprecedented — [[t]ʌnpre̱sɪdentɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ If something is unprecedented, it has never happened before. Such a move is rare, but not unprecedented... In 1987 the Socialists took the unprecedented step of appointing a civilian to command the force. 2) ADJ… …   English dictionary

  • unprecedented — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ entirely, quite, totally, truly ▪ by no means, hardly …   Collocations dictionary

  • unprecedented — un|prec|e|dent|ed [ ʌn presıdentəd ] adjective * never having happened or existed before: The government took the unprecedented step of releasing confidential correspondence. a. the greatest in size, amount, degree, etc. that has ever been known …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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