Common vs. Unique

Common vs. Unique — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Common and Unique

Commonadjective

Mutual; shared by more than one.

The two competitors have the common aim of winning the championship.Winning the championship is an aim common to the two competitors.

Uniqueadjective

(uncomparable) Being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.

Every person has a unique life, therefore every person has a unique journey. ― Gary Cook

Commonadjective

Occurring or happening regularly or frequently; usual.

It is common to find sharks off this coast.

Uniqueadjective

Of a feature, such that only one holder has it.

Commonadjective

Found in large numbers or in a large quantity.

Sharks are common in these waters.

Uniqueadjective

Particular, characteristic.

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Commonadjective

Simple, ordinary or vulgar.

Uniqueadjective

(proscribed) Of a rare quality, unusual.

Commonadjective

(grammar) In some languages, particularly Germanic languages, of the gender originating from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine categories of nouns.

Uniquenoun

A thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.

Commonadjective

(grammar) Of or pertaining to common nouns as opposed to proper nouns.

Uniqueadjective

radically distinctive and without equal;

he is alone in the field of microbiologythis theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problemBach was unique in his handling of counterpointcraftsmen whose skill is unequaledunparalleled athletic abilitya breakdown of law unparalleled in our history
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Commonadjective

Vernacular, referring to the name of a kind of plant or animal, i.e., common name vs. scientific name.

Uniqueadjective

(followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality;

a species unique to Australia

Commonadjective

(obsolete) Profane; polluted.

Uniqueadjective

the single one of its kind;

a singular examplethe unique existing example of Donne's handwritinga unique copy of an ancient manuscriptcertain types of problems have unique solutions

Commonadjective

(obsolete) Given to lewd habits; prostitute.

Uniqueadjective

highly unusual or rare but not the single instance;

spoke with a unique accenthad unique ability in raising fundsa frankness unique in literaturea unique dining experience

Commonnoun

Mutual good, shared by more than one.

Commonnoun

A tract of land in common ownership; common land.

Commonnoun

The people; the community.

Commonnoun

(legal) The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.

Commonverb

(obsolete) To communicate (something).

Commonverb

(obsolete) To converse, talk.

Commonverb

(obsolete) To have sex.

Commonverb

(obsolete) To participate.

Commonverb

(obsolete) To have a joint right with others in common ground.

Commonverb

(obsolete) To board together; to eat at a table in common.

Commonnoun

a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area;

they went for a walk in the park

Commonadjective

belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public;

for the common goodcommon lands are set aside for use by all members of a community

Commonadjective

of no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual;

the common mana common sailorthe common colda common nuisancefollowed common procedureit is common knowledge that she lives alonethe common houseflya common brand of soap

Commonadjective

common to or shared by two or more parties;

a common friendthe mutual interests of management and labor

Commonadjective

commonly encountered;

a common (or familiar) complaintthe usual greeting

Commonadjective

being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language;

common parlancea vernacular termvernacular speakersthe vulgar tongue of the massesthe technical and vulgar names for an animal species

Commonadjective

of or associated with the great masses of people;

the common people in those days suffered greatlybehavior that branded him as commonhis square plebeian nosea vulgar and objectionable personthe unwashed masses

Commonadjective

of low or inferior quality or value;

of what coarse metal ye are moldedproduced...the common cloths used by the poorer population

Commonadjective

lacking refinement or cultivation or taste;

he had coarse manners but a first-rate mindbehavior that branded him as commonan untutored and uncouth human beingan uncouth soldier--a real tough guyappealing to the vulgar taste for violencethe vulgar display of the newly rich

Commonadjective

to be expected; standard;

common decency