not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
- un·u·su·al·ly, adverb
- un·u·su·al·ness, noun
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How to use unusual in a sentence
There has also been some data analysis of voter registration stats showing Republicans leaving the party in unusual numbers.How Has The Nation Changed Since The Insurrection At The Capitol? | Micah Cohen (email@example.com) | February 11, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Perched on each of these unusual, mellow forms is a transparent sculpture of a small bird, made from 3-D printed resin and cut into solids and hollows that serve as perches or baths for actual birds.Sculpture parks are a great way to see art during a pandemic. Here’s why some are better than others. | Sebastian Smee | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
You took sort of an unusual path to becoming the president of digital.Media Briefing: Facebook pivots away from politics –publishers say ‘we’re just along for the ride’ | Tim Peterson | February 11, 2021 | Digiday
It may be difficult to definitively prove the genome is gone, he says, especially if the chloroplast is “unusual in its structure or abundance” and therefore difficult to identify.A reeking, parasitic plant lost its body and much of its genetic blueprint | Jake Buehler | February 10, 2021 | Science News
Bellows told Chastain’s attorney and Descano’s office to provide legal briefs on whether he could dismiss the case under the unusual circumstances.Judge faults Fairfax County prosecutors for failing to notify victim of trial | Justin Jouvenal | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Each individual race involves an unusual collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and public-health entities.
So, in an unusual order (PDF) issued on New Years Day, District Judge Robert Hinkle clarified the issue.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over | Jay Michaelson | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The weather on the route of AirAsia Flight 8501 was not unusual for the region and the season.
It is an unusual kind of patriotism in the name of national security.Why Did We Panic After 9/11 and Ignore All We Knew About Responding to Security Threats? | Deborah Pearlstein | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One morning at about eleven, he announces his intention as though it's truly an unusual thought: “Let's have a little drink.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So it came to pass that another change came into his life, hence another epoch in the unusual life was his.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
It is a notable fact that under the wholly unusual circumstances prevailing, the recovery was so prompt and effective.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Certainly captain Merveilles and his people showed unusual piety.
She did not appear conscious that she had done anything unusual in commanding his presence.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The weapons, the most unusual weapons, we are reluctantly compelled to accept under protest.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for unusual
out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
- unusually, adverb
- unusualness, noun
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