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  1. not exceptional; not unusual or extraordinary.
  2. admitting of no exception to the general rule.
  3. unexceptionable.
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Origin of unexceptional

First recorded in 1765–75; un-1 + exceptional
Related formsun·ex·cep·tion·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedunexceptionable unexceptional
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  • There is character drawing of an unexceptional kind in Honour.


    James Huneker

  • It is fortunate that on this point we have the unexceptional testimony of Bede himself.

  • That would have been a material and unexceptional proof that I lied, a proof of my guilt!

    My Memoirs

    Marguerite Steinheil

  • In that character all we saw of him was his back; and we are bound to admit that it was unexceptional.

    My Lady Nicotine

    J. M. Barrie

  • The count agreed, expressing an opinion that the 51 Lafitte was unexceptional.

    The Claverings

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for unexceptional


  1. usual, ordinary, or normal
  2. subject to or allowing no exceptions
  3. not standard another word for unexceptionable
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Derived Formsunexceptionally, adverb
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