un·​ex·​cep·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsep-shnəl How to pronounce unexceptional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of unexceptional

: not out of the ordinary : commonplace

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Examples of unexceptional in a Sentence

As an actor he was unexceptional, but he had a beautiful singing voice. the physicist, now regarded as one of the brightest minds in science, was an unexceptional student as a child

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Average temperatures may be unexceptional in 2019, but the weather extremes seen in the United States are changing character. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Last month broke the record for hottest June ever in Europe and around the world," 2 July 2019 On the contrary, Ochoa's club career has been remarkably unexceptional. SI.com, "8 Players Who Always Seem to Play Better for Their National Side," 22 June 2019 All England needed to secure automatic qualification for the 2002 World Cup was a point in their final qualifier, a home fixture against an unexceptional Greece team. SI.com, "7 Times the Fate of a Team Rested on One Player's Shoulders," 13 Mar. 2018 In all these respects, America is now a normal, unexceptional country. William A. Galston, WSJ, "The American Dream Needs a Jolt," 18 Sep. 2018 Fugard deliberately makes Piet, Gladys and Steve relatively unexceptional. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 But Mr Cruickshank does develop a convincing case for the Reliance Building—which today looks almost wholly unexceptional—as the forerunner of groundbreaking work by later architects such as Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. The Economist, "The birth of the skyscraper on the streets of Chicago," 28 June 2018 The ordinariness of his tale and its unexceptional heroes—Ananda and his uncle Radhesh, an avatar for Odysseus—implies that, in the end, everyone is wandering and shipwrecked. The Economist, "In times of crisis, writers turn to Homer," 26 Apr. 2018 But after finishing second and fifth in his two previous starts before heading down Magnolia Lane – his best two finishes since 2015 – his play has been unexceptional. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods expected more of himself this Masters, but the magic isn't there," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unexceptional

1806, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unexceptional

: not unusually good, interesting, etc. : not exceptional

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