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

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 For starters, Microsoft’s merger activities are unexceptional by big-tech standards, says Mark Moerdler of Bernstein, a broker. The Economist, "Don’t be fooled by randomness The method in Microsoft’s merger madness," 15 Apr. 2021 For one, the source material is called The Locklear Letters about how the unexceptional Sid tries to rekindle a friendship with his college classmate Heather Locklear by sending a letter asking for an autograph. Nick Romano, EW.com, "A man spirals after being accused of stalking the real Elizabeth Banks in Eat Wheaties! trailer," 12 Apr. 2021 Stephanie is the only child of Miri (Melissa Leo) and Joe (Jim Gaffigan), a middle-class family in an unexceptional house in a town of natural splendor. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Stream “Stephanie Daley,” a Bold and Insightful Film About Teen Pregnancy," 26 Mar. 2021 The speech was mostly unexceptional, much of it memorable only in ironic retrospect. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "The End of the 40-Year War on Government," 21 Jan. 2021 For despite her unexceptional appearance, the actions of Wallis Simpson threatened Britain’s very stability. Alexander Larman, Town & Country, "Revealed: New Revelations From Wallis Simpson's Scandalous Divorce Hearing," 19 Jan. 2021 What is a satisfying conclusion to an experience that’s simultaneously mundane and world-destroying, to a horror we were told was unexceptional and to be accepted until, abruptly, everyone changed their minds? Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The Queasy Ending of Promising Young Woman," 15 Jan. 2021 Malbec can provide terrific value at both ends of the price spectrum, but its popularity means cheap versions are often unexceptional. Washington Post, "The top 12 wine bargains of 2020 include an outstanding boxed malbec for the equivalent of $5 a bottle," 23 Dec. 2020 The Christchurch attacker’s pathway to radicalization was entirely unexceptional, say three experts speaking with WIRED who had reviewed the government report. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Christchurch Shooter and YouTube's Radicalization Trap," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unexceptional

1806, in the meaning defined above

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23 Apr 2021

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“Unexceptional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexceptional. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unexceptional

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

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