un·​ex·​cep·​tion·​al | \ˌən-ik-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of unexceptional 

: not out of the ordinary : commonplace

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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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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 Cutting pollution could come down to an act as unexceptional as waiting until bedtime to charge the minivan. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Why Charging Your Electric Car at Night Could Save the World," 26 Feb. 2018 There’s nothing fancy in these stories’ delivery or presentation, despite a few unexceptional choreographic embellishments; simply staged, this is the least avowedly theatrical piece Cooperative Performance has ever done. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Ellis' tales of immigrants suggest no one is an island," 11 Feb. 2018 After all, the Tide had lost to an unexceptional Mississippi State squad only four days before, suffering its eighth defeat to an unranked foe. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Live updates: Alabama takes on LSU," 13 Feb. 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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