Inherent vs Unique - What's the difference?

inherent | unique |


As adjectives the difference between inherent and unique

is that inherent is inherent while unique is (not comparable) being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.

As a noun unique is

a thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.

inherent

English

Alternative forms

* (archaic)

Adjective

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  • Naturally as part or consequence of something.
  • * (Lyn Beth Neylon)
  • You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law.
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    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with inherit .

    Antonyms

    * extrinsic

    Synonyms

    * ingrained

    unique

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (not comparable) Being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.
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  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=3 citation , passage=‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique . The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’}}
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  • Of a feature, such that only one holder has it.
  • Particular, characteristic.
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  • (proscribed) Of a rare quality, unusual.
  • * {{quote-book, passage=And as I look back, it seems to me that we were fairly unique , the sixty of us, in that there wasn’t one good mixer in the bunch.
  • , title=For Esmé—With Love and Squalor , author=J.D. Salinger , year=1950}}

    Usage notes

    The comparative and superlative forms more unique'' and ''most unique'', as well as the use of ''unique'' with modifiers as in ''fairly unique'' and ''very unique , are sometimes proscribed, with the reasoning that either something is unique or it is not.

    Synonyms

    (checksyns) * one of a kind * sui generis * singular

    Derived terms

    * uniqueness

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.
  • * De Quincey
  • The phoenix, the unique of birds.