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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Viscidi stresses that outcome is uncommon for the majority of patients infected with coronavirus. USA Today, "What does the coronavirus do to your body? Everything to know about the infection process," 14 Mar. 2020 The occurrence was uncommon for presidents, and no findings have been released from the exam. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Democratic debate infighting highlights lack of transparency in presidential medical records," 20 Feb. 2020 A few hours a week, Saarinen enjoys looking for historic items in a nearby forest in Kaarina, Finland, with his metal detector, and such discoveries are uncommon. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "A woman's class ring that she lost in Maine in 1973 was just found buried in a forest in Finland," 18 Feb. 2020 Although these occurrences are uncommon, the Redford Township Police department has posted some tips as to how to deal with situations like this. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County's Michael Bouchard pulls over alleged fake cop: 'I'm the sheriff'," 7 Feb. 2020 In the past, discussion of mental-health issues at the office was uncommon. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Stressed Out at the Office? Therapy Can Come to You," 31 Jan. 2020 That's not uncommon, especially for international players. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Behind coach Nate McMillan's assertion Kobe Bryant is a role model for black men," 27 Jan. 2020 Though reclassifications are uncommon, Mathes said for her, the impact is ever-lasting. CBS News, "After cancer-prevention surgeries, women learn BRCA gene test may have been wrong," 24 Dec. 2019 The night of the audience show was particularly nerve-racking, with two hundred fans going through metal detectors (which was uncommon at the time) before sitting in the audience seats. Andrea Barber, Good Housekeeping, "Andrea Barber Gets Real About Lori Loughlin, 'Full House' Secrets, and More in New Book," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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30 Mar 2020

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“Uncommon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommon. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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 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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