un·​spec·​tac·​u·​lar | \ˌən-spek-ˈta-kyə-lər, -spək-\

Definition of unspectacular 

: not spectacular or special : ordinary a good but unspectacular performance

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San Antonio has instead relied on steady, unspectacular growth, with fewer booms—or busts. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 Clemens played sparingly, with 17 of his 21 (mostly unspectacular) NFL starts compressed into two seasons. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust?," 14 June 2018 Democrats look set to have a solid but unspectacular House majority. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and 2 losers from the 2018 midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 The message is that growth prospects are unspectacular but fine, and far better than the signal coming from the rest of the world, where many cyclical stocks are down. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Stocks and Bonds Share a Story: Don’t Bet on a Boom," 30 Aug. 2018 The result: a solid but unspectacular ride for those with an itch for a midsize SUV and $70,000+ to spend. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "All SUV, all of the time: The Range Rover Sport reviewed," 12 July 2018 What the Lexus hybrid does provide is a solid if unspectacular way to get from here to there. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Luxury on a budget: The Lexus NX 300h hybrid reviewed," 14 Oct. 2018 Washington also returns a stable if unspectacular corps of role players, including point guard Jenna Moser and forward Hannah Johnson – a pair of graduate seniors – and junior forward Mai-Loni Henson. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "No quick fix: UW women’s basketball coach Jody Wynn focuses on daily progress," 31 July 2018 The line between a successful career and a mediocre one is that thin for an unspectacular prospect like him. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Ranking the 9 best quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL draft," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unspectacular

1926, in the meaning defined above

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