not exceptional; not unusual or extraordinary.
admitting of no exception to the general rule.

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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Examples from the Web for unexceptional

Contemporary Examples of unexceptional

  • And now we have Shaheen, who looks like any other normal, unexceptional schoolboy, but whose raw talent is quite extraordinary.

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    How Susan Boyle's Rival Won Me Over

    Piers Morgan

    April 22, 2009

Historical Examples of unexceptional

  • 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



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