Definition of sui generis in English:

sui generis

Pronunciation /ˌsuːɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs/ /ˌsuːʌɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs/


  • Unique.

    ‘the sui generis nature of animals’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The danger, however, is that the new sui generis right might monopolise information beyond the term granted to copyright.’
    distinctive, individual, special, especial, idiosyncratic, quirky, eccentric, isolated


Latin, literally ‘of its own kind’.


sui generis

/ˌsuːɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs/ /ˌsuːʌɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs/