un·com·mon | \ˌən-ˈkä-mən \

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 \ noun

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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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Incidents like these are not uncommon for beat writers or columnists who essentially are embedded in the team’s routine. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Since I was asked: LeSean McCoy handled his issues with me aggressively | Marcus Hayes," 11 July 2018 That wouldn't be uncommon for the lifelong Chugiak-Eagle River resident who loved the wilderness and often hiked alone, his sister Laura said. Anchorage Daily News, "Man killed, member of search party injured in Eagle River bear attacks," 21 June 2018 Training sessions between quarterbacks and receivers are uncommon for Flacco, who hasn’t usually held them outside of team sessions during his 10 years as the starter. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens neighbors Lamar Jackson, Willie Snead IV to meet over summer: 'We've got to have chemistry'," 20 June 2018 Using personal accounts to conduct government business isn’t uncommon for top government officials from both parties, although maintaining a private server was highly unusual. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Conservatives Conned James Comey," 15 June 2018 Her skin was kept natural and glowing, which is not uncommon for Markle. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore a Smoky Eye and Pink Lip For The Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Subsequently, Carroll stormed down the tunnel and had a bust up with Moyes the following week in training - something which is not uncommon for a Moyes side. SI.com, "Why David Moyes Is Not the Man to Take West Ham Forward Despite Saving Hammers From Relegation," 15 May 2018 The decision was not uncommon for a sitting president. Kate Sullivan, CNN, "Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush," 22 Apr. 2018 The governor took no questions from the audience, which is uncommon for politicians when addressing Huntsville chamber events, but her speech that stretch beyond a half-hour touched on a variety of issues. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "Gov. Kay Ivey outlines broad 'vision' without regard to upcoming election," 2 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of uncommon

: not often found, seen, or experienced

: not ordinary : remarkable or exceptional


un·com·mon | \ˌən-ˈkä-mən \

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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