uncommon

adjective
un·​com·​mon | \ ˌən-ˈkä-mən How to pronounce uncommon (audio) \

Definition of uncommon

1 : not ordinarily encountered : unusual an uncommon plant
2 : remarkable, exceptional a soldier of uncommon courage

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Other Words from uncommon

uncommonly adverb
uncommonness \ ˌən-​ˈkä-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce uncommonness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for uncommon

infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time. infrequent family visits uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation. smallpox is now uncommon in many countries scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance. jobs were scarce during the Depression rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value. rare first editions sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts. sporadic cases of influenza

Examples of uncommon in a Sentence

It is not uncommon for people to become depressed after they retire. an athlete with uncommon ability a soldier of uncommon courage She is an uncommon woman.
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Dividends to shareholders aren’t uncommon in the public stock markets, especially from conservative, old-line industry titans like General Electric. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In an extraordinary move, Juul is trying to make peace with its investors and employees by paying them more than $4 billion," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s certainly precedent for previous Senate candidates getting appointed to seats after they’ve been defeated, though the rapid-fire timing on this is uncommon. Li Zhou, Vox, "Martha McSally lost the Arizona Senate race. She could still be a senator next year.," 20 Nov. 2018 Built-in support is uncommon, so players turn to software that translates their PS4 controller input into Xbox controller input... Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Valve reveals just how many PC gamers plug in gamepads—and which kinds," 25 Sep. 2018 The report also said that until the 1950s and ‘60s, tackle football before high school was uncommon. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Children Should Avoid Tackle Football Before High School, Report Says," 13 Sep. 2018 But Letts surveys her life with uncommon empathy, never judging her missteps or seeking to place blame. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 According to Good Jobs First, the haste with which deals were negotiated out of the public eye isn’t uncommon. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 2018 Sights like the long, dark streaks on a Martian hill are not uncommon on the surface of the Red Planet. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Wow! This Fresh Meteoroid Impact on Mars Triggered a Dusty Avalanche," 19 June 2018 Cryptocurrencies are one of the most speculative asset classes in the markets, so sharp selloffs aren’t uncommon. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bearish on Bitcoin: Crypto Markets Take Steep Dive," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of uncommon

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uncommon was circa 1576

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uncommon

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uncommon

: not often found, seen, or experienced
: not ordinary : remarkable or exceptional

uncommon

adjective
un·​com·​mon | \ ˌən-ˈkä-mən How to pronounce uncommon (audio) \

Kids Definition of uncommon

1 : not often found or seen : unusual an uncommon bird
2 : not ordinary : remarkable uncommon ability uncommon courage

Other Words from uncommon

uncommonly adverb It was an uncommonly cold summer.

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