[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uh l, -yoozh-wuh l]
- not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
Origin of unusual
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extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd.
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Examples from the Web for unusual
Each individual race involves an unusual collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and public-health entities.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
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
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The weather on the route of AirAsia Flight 8501 was not unusual for the region and the season.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
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?
December 18, 2014
The unusual textures (santouri, ney, lyra, clarinets, voices) impart a mystical quality to this work.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Now, Mr. Bines, I like him and I dare say you've done the best thing for him, unusual as it was.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This is certainly a very high and unusual devise to so young a creature.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This was an unusual event, as he rarely interfered with them during play hours.
You have not done a stroke of work all this morning; quite an unusual thing for you, George.
Gerald Raymount was a man of an unusual combination of qualities.Weighed and Wanting
- out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinaryan unusual design
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Word Origin and History for unusual
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