- 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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- 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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