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

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 The wreck was just one in a steady and unexceptional stream of crises in Oakland that night: harrowing, but low on the priority list for the city’s police officers. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2022 The clips are paired with unexceptional small sculptures of the dancer engulfed in rippling bronze rather than gossamer robes. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 But an inferior tee shot led to a bailout, an unexceptional chip and a two-putt par. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Much of it is fine, if unexceptional, and sees little more than a ride or two. Outside Online, 15 Aug. 2014 That helped avoid wasting time driving to unexceptional rocks that had looked potentially interesting in images taken from orbit. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Together, in which an uncultured father toils to support his musical prodigy son, doesn’t translate to this American tale, calculated to hang an honorific on a story of black masculine perseverance that many will find unexceptional. Armond White, National Review, 11 Feb. 2022 Throughout the film, even in scenes of unexceptional action, the camera rushes ahead, plunges backward, and whirls and pivots with urgency, in effect energizing familiar situations and feelings with a heightened and stylized visual rhetoric. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2022 The run itself was unexceptional, as much as any winning downhill run can be, in part because the women’s course was shortened to accommodate poor visibility and recent snowfall. Peter Vigneron, Outside Online, 19 Jan. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of unexceptional

1806, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Unexceptional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexceptional. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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