- beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.
- exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
- (of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility: minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
Origin of extraordinary
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1. inordinate. 2. uncommon, singular, rare, phenomenal, special, signal.
1, 2. common, usual.
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Examples from the Web for extraordinariness
But in this fact lies the extraordinariness of the situation.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga
Cornelis De Witt Willcox
Then he thought of his lady, personally, and not of the extraordinariness of his action.The Reason Why
Often during the brief night he gazed sleepily at the vague next bed and mused upon the extraordinariness of women's consciences.The Regent
E. Arnold Bennett
The extraordinariness of the feat would then be but indifferently commented upon.Life of Robert Browning
- very unusual, remarkable, or surprising
- not in an established manner, course, or order
- employed for particular events or purposes
- (usually postpositive) (of an official, etc) additional or subordinate to the usual onea minister extraordinary
C15: from Latin extraordinārius beyond what is usual; see ordinary
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Word Origin and History for extraordinariness
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