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unusual

[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uh l, -yoozh-wuh l] /ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəl/
adjective
1.
not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional:
an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
Origin of unusual
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; un-1 + usual
Related forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
Synonyms
extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd.
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  • Milza was the first to observe that her absence was unusually protracted.

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  • On this particular night their meeting was unusually impressive.

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  • Between parent and child, the intimacy had been unusually close.

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  • The weather was exceedingly fine, mild, and unusually clear.

  • From all this the result was that my nature was unusually trusting.

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British Dictionary definitions for unusually

unusual

/ʌnˈjuːʒʊəl/
adjective
1.
out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
Derived Forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unusually

unusual

adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + usual. Related: Unusually.

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