unexceptional

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web Compare that with the top 25 players in NFL history for receiving yardage, who were just as likely to play with unexceptional quarterbacks as hall of famers. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How Ohio State football’s K.J. Hill can become the ‘complete steal’ for the Chargers that Ryan Day says he is," 27 Apr. 2020 Mathieu follows the directionless, unexceptional, endearing Anthony most closely. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "When White Working-Class Fury Came of Age," 7 Apr. 2020 The results can be alarming, as weddings adjoin funerals and tantrums melt into firelit peace, but what the mixture yields is a kind of creed: a faith in the fullness of lives that might be deemed unexceptional. By Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Greta Gerwig’s Raw, Startling “Little Women”," 25 Dec. 2019 The Institute of Photonic Sciences In the universe of office supplies, pencil lead — a mixture of graphite and clay, which does not include any lead — appears unexceptional beyond its ability to draw dark lines. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Physics Magic Trick: Take 2 Sheets of Carbon and Twist," 30 Oct. 2019 From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional. Washington Post, "How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement," 3 Dec. 2019 From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional. Washington Post, "How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement," 3 Dec. 2019 From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional. Washington Post, "How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement," 3 Dec. 2019 Just as painful are the questions that Browning asks about what can turn outwardly unexceptional people into perpetrators of terrible crimes. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Paul Krugman to the Romantic Age," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unexceptional

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Unexceptional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexceptional. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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unexceptional

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English Language Learners Definition of unexceptional

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

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