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

Other Words from uncommon

uncommonly adverb
uncommonness \ ˌən-​ˈkä-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce uncommon (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Feeling like there is too much on their plates, experts say, is not uncommon for student-athletes, who put an enormous amount of pressure on themselves to perform at the highest level, both in their sports and in their academics. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Infusing campaigns with large personal loans is not uncommon for candidates with resources, including Youngkin, a former private-equity executive, as Vanuch’s campaign noted in a statement to The Washington Post. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The size is not uncommon for the type of snake, which can grow up to eight feet. Fox News, 7 Apr. 2022 Plenty of banks have temporarily lost their WKSI approval, or faced the threat of its removal, in the past 15 years due to a string of scandals and granting a waiver is not uncommon for U.S. regulators. Sam Potter, Bloomberg.com, 1 Apr. 2022 That kind of thing isn't uncommon for West, a Mayfield native who now works as a newspaper reporter covering her hometown. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2022 The condition is not uncommon for this time of year — Santa Anas tend to occur throughout the winter, Thompson said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 Black Twitter had a pretty mixed reaction, although that's not uncommon for celebrity apologies. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 The Spurs’ wheeling and dealing this year is uncommon for the franchise. Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommon. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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