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 uncommon (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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Recent Examples on the Web The manslaughter charges against Potter are relatively uncommon in cases of fatal police shootings, which rarely end up in charges — or prosecution — and are often deemed as justified use of force. Washington Post, "Minneapolis police union head blames Daunte Wright’s death on his ‘non-compliance’," 15 Apr. 2021 Such arrangements were once relatively uncommon among chief executives and presidents of Boston’s academic medical centers. Liz Kowalczyk, Sarah L. Ryley, Mark Arsenault, STAT, "Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national level," 9 Apr. 2021 Although 120Hz TVs are still relatively uncommon, support for a 120Hz refresh rate would be a major upgrade for the Apple TV. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "This might be the most exciting 6th-gen Apple TV rumor to date," 6 Apr. 2021 The fruit intruders aren’t in every batch of berries — in fact, those specific little worms are pretty uncommon, according to a University of Florida fruit pest expert. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "How to keep strawberries fresh for longer, like a week or more," 5 Apr. 2021 Such arrangements were once relatively uncommon among chief executives and presidents of Boston’s academic medical centers. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national rate," 3 Apr. 2021 Professional stagings of the Greek tragedies are increasingly uncommon on this side of the Atlantic. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Medea’ and ‘Fully Committed’ Reviews: Out for Revenge (and Dinner)," 25 Mar. 2021 Rarely has a novel so directly addressed the cognitive dissonance required to be an anorexic and a feminist at the same time, despite the fact being both is not particularly uncommon. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Love and Humiliation Are Inseparable in Acts of Desperation," 24 Mar. 2021 The Mozarabic Rite, also called the Hispanic Rite, is extremely uncommon outside of Spain. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "This Maximalist East Village Church Is for Sale," 24 Mar. 2021

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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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