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

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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 Double-dip La Ninas are not uncommon, according to NOAA. Leigh Morgan, al, 23 Oct. 2021 My coaching practice tells me that my old assumptions are not uncommon. Julian Saipe, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 are uncommon in children, according to data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics, but experts pointed out that children are still susceptible to serious or long-haul versions of the illness. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Aspects of the contracts are not uncommon, including the reliance on arbitration courts and clauses designed to companies legal protections. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 For symptomatic patients, complications like Tank’s aren’t uncommon. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 That said, the concept of sister wives is not uncommon in the Utah area, Nguyen noted. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 18 Oct. 2021 Subsidies to fossil fuel producers are not uncommon, experts say. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 But while waste is not uncommon in mass immunization efforts, the throwing away of doses in the United States comes as millions of people around the globe still are waiting for the opportunity to get inoculated against COVID-19. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 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 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncommon

: not often found, seen, or experienced : unusual
: 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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