Sui Generis Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Sui Generis, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Sui Generis?

(n)Sui generis is defined as the event, situation, action material, person, entity or any such things which are clearly ascertainable and are unique of its kind. For example Eiffel Towers is Sui generis. Man eating humans are Sui generis.

History and Meaning of Sui Generis

Sui generis is a Latin term which means "of its own kind" or "unique in its characteristic". It is most commonly used in law to refer to a situation or entity that is unique and cannot be compared to anything else. The term is derived from Roman law where it was used to describe something that was entirely distinct from other things.

Sui generis can be used to describe anything that is one of a kind or exceptional. For instance, a work of art or an architectural masterpiece can be referred to as sui generis.

Examples of Sui Generis

  1. The internet is a sui generis medium of communication because of its unique and global reach.

  2. The Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade is a sui generis ruling because it established a new constitutional right.

  3. The Beatles are often regarded as a sui generis band because of their unique style and influence on music.

Legal Terms Similar to Sui Generis

  1. Ad hoc: Refers to something created or done for a specific purpose.

  2. De novo: Refers to a new trial or hearing in which the entire case is reconsidered as if there had been no previous trial or hearing.

  3. Prima facie: Refers to evidence that is sufficient to establish a fact or a case unless it is rebutted or disproved.