unusual

adjective
un·​usu·​al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio) , -zhəl; -ˈyüzh-wəl \

Definition of unusual

: not usual : uncommon, rare

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Other Words from unusual

unusually adverb
unusualness noun

Examples of unusual in a Sentence

It's not unusual for him to stay late at work. a scene of unusual beauty She has an unusual name.
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Recent Examples on the Web Federal officials already were examining six reports of the unusual clots, including a death, out of more than 6.8 million Americans given the one-dose vaccination so far. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 22-28, 2021," 2 May 2021 Over the past week, an additional nine cases of unusual blood clots, called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) were reported, bringing the total so far to 15 cases. Alice Park, Time, "Use of the J&J Vaccine for COVID-19 Can Resume, Says CDC Review Panel," 23 Apr. 2021 On April 13, amid reports of unusual blood clots following vaccination with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 shot, federal health officials called for a pause in its use pending further research. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Comparison of blood clots from COVID vaccines and birth control lacks nuance," 23 Apr. 2021 New guidance is expected late Friday after a government advisory panel deliberates a possible link between J&J’s shot and a small number of vaccine recipients who developed highly unusual blood clots. BostonGlobe.com, "Federal health panel reviews Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause over rare clots," 23 Apr. 2021 New guidance is expected late Friday after a government advisory panel deliberates a possible link between J&J’s shot and a handful of vaccine recipients who developed highly unusual blood clots. Lauran Neergaard And Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, "Guidance on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine expected from U.S. health panel after pause over rare clots," 23 Apr. 2021 In its analysis of Europe-wide AstraZeneca data, the EMA also said there wasn't enough information to know who might be more susceptible to the unusual clots. Maria Cheng, Star Tribune, "EU agency says people should get 2nd dose of AstraZeneca too," 23 Apr. 2021 New guidance is expected late Friday after a government advisory panel deliberates a possible link between J&J’s shot and a small number of vaccine recipients who developed highly unusual blood clots. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, "CDC panel urges restarting Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations," 23 Apr. 2021 The agencies said the pause was necessary to notify health-care providers how to treat the unusual clots and give regulators time to review cases. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Inoculating the Government," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unusual

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unusual was in 1579

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9 May 2021

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“Unusual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unusual. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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unusual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unusual

: not normal or usual
: different or strange in a way that attracts attention
: not commonly seen, heard, etc.

unusual

adjective
un·​usu·​al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio) \

Kids Definition of unusual

: not done, found, used, experienced, or existing most of the time an unusual job an unusual odor

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unusually adverb

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