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The point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived
“Theories about the origin of life.”
A person's social background or ancestry
“In terms of their social and educational origins these producers' backgrounds are broadly middle-class and meritocratic.”
The source from which something grows or develops
“… the origin of the tradition of giving presents at Christmastime.”
Beginning, inception
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