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[ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-]
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  1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.
  2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
  3. (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.
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Origin of extraordinary

1425–75; late Middle English extraordinarie < Latin extrāordinārius beyond what is ordinary. See extra-, ordinary
Related formsex·traor·di·nar·i·ly [ik-strawr-dn-air-uh-lee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˌstrɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˌɛk strəˌɔr-/, adverbex·traor·di·nar·i·ness, nounun·ex·traor·di·nar·y, adjective


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1, 2. common, usual.
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Elinor Glyn

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for extraordinariness


  1. very unusual, remarkable, or surprising
  2. not in an established manner, course, or order
  3. employed for particular events or purposes
  4. (usually postpositive) (of an official, etc) additional or subordinate to the usual onea minister extraordinary
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Derived Formsextraordinarily, adverbextraordinariness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin extraordinārius beyond what is usual; see ordinary
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Word Origin and History for extraordinariness



early 15c., from Latin extraordinarius "out of the common order," from extra ordinem "out of order," especially the usual order, from extra "out" (see extra-) + ordinem (nominative ordo) "order" (see order). Related: Extraordinarily.

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