- not common; unusual; rare: an uncommon word.
- unusual in amount or degree; above the ordinary: an uncommon amount of mail.
- exceptional; remarkable.
Origin of uncommon
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1. scarce, infrequent; odd, singular, strange, peculiar, queer. 2. extraordinary. 3. outstanding.
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Examples from the Web for uncommon
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
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These negotiations are not uncommon on junketed studio films.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
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Although often this is considered proof positive of guilt at trial, it is not an uncommon occurrence in false confessions.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
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Love poems between aristocratic women were not uncommon at the time, as long as they stayed safely on the side of friendship.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
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Compulsive writing, or hypergraphia, is a well-known, if uncommon, symptom of temporal lobe epilepsy.The Seizure Medication That Turns You Into a Poet
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The doctor there speaks of 'our steel pens,' as if they were not at all uncommon.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Her spirits are remarkably high—not an uncommon effect of laudanum.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
They was all hard up there, Mr Plornish said, uncommon hard up, to be sure.Little Dorrit
That's a woman who observes and reflects in an uncommon manner.
It gives us a new, and quite an uncommon interest in the dinner.
- outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
- in excess of what is normalan uncommon liking for honey
- an archaic word for uncommonly (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for uncommon
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