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 Bears aren't uncommon in the area, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A black bear attacked a napping woman. She smacked it away with her laptop.," 20 June 2020 Mask use is far from uncommon, but the anti-mask political movement is undeniable. Los Angeles Times, "Everything you need to know about California’s mandatory mask rules," 19 June 2020 Newsom started his speech with an acknowledgment of Saturday’s uncommon format and a good-natured jab at his own age. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom to Santa Clara graduates: ‘We can do more and do better’," 13 June 2020 Pandemics are uncommon, but influenza is one of the more frequent causes. John Lauerman, Fortune, "What to know about a potential ‘second wave’ of COVID-19," 12 June 2020 Suicides linked to power harassment are not uncommon. The Economist, "Anger management Japan’s bullying bosses," 11 June 2020 But as the history of outdoor worship in the United States shows, adapting religious services to an outdoor setting is not uncommon. Jeffrey Wheatley, The Conversation, "Are religious communities reviving the revival? In the US, outdoor worship has a long tradition," 10 June 2020 Most of the women had good outcomes, and the transmission of the coronavirus from mother to baby was uncommon. NBC News, "13 high school students test positive after unsanctioned prom," 9 June 2020 Before the pandemic, occupancy rates of 85 percent were not uncommon. Washington Post, "Mexico’s Cancun starts re-opening cautiously from lockdown," 9 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Uncommon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommon. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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