; unusual; rare:
an uncommon word.
unusual in amount or degree; above the ordinary:
an uncommon amount of mail.
scarce, infrequent; odd, singular, strange, peculiar, queer.
outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
in excess of what is normal:
an uncommon liking for honey
an archaic word for
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His job is to range around the country and the world and find exotic fruits, or uncommon varieties of common fruits.
Visitors rave about the gorgeous wildflowers and uncommon combination of wildlife.
Sometimes the construction was not perfect and failures were not uncommon.
It isn't uncommon for relationships between dinosaurs to be unstable or uncertain, though.
Miller says that the vast majority of missing people are found, but it's not uncommon to see one or two fatalities every year.
It is not uncommon to be nominated and you need apply only if you want to be considered for the position.
To a certain extent, some of these behaviors are not uncommon among law-enforcement officers themselves.
It's not uncommon for the salary not to get discussed at the interview stage, even during an on-campus interview.
These things are not uncommon for single unemployed professionals.
It's certainly not uncommon for universities to lure academics with the promise of a spousal hire.
Lawsuits during this transition phase are not normal, but also not uncommon.
If you're a lady it's not uncommon for a gentleman to hold the door for you.
It's not uncommon when the university or department does not require a final exam, or the rule is not well-enforced.
It is no uncommon thing even today to find a singer with a repertory of two hundred or more songs.
These virtues were supported by an uncommon spirit of prayer and retirement, and a great purity and innocence of manners.
Deficiency or absence of the sternocostal part is not uncommon.
The case is uncommon only to the extent that remarkable mothers are uncommon.
First of all, there must be dissatisfaction in the town-that's nothing uncommon.
However, it is an uncommon practice to photograph this procedure.
Uncommon adventures thrill ecologically minded visitors.
Each creature has an uncommon metabolism that depends on the energy stored in methane, and each processes the gas in a unique way.
Crystal skulls are not uncommon or terribly mysterious.
Authentic floating island living is becoming increasingly uncommon.
While intrauterine cannibalism is rare, cannibalism in general is not uncommon in the animal kingdom.
Though they have not received any dangerous packages, threatening phones calls are not uncommon.
Journey alongside her as she finds common ground in uncommon places.
There's an uncommon kind of toughness in these outfitters.
Cave divers have an extraordinarily higher standard to rise to and extensive rehearsals for a committing mission are not uncommon.
It's not uncommon for her subjects to slip away into the boundless blue before she can determine a pattern.
Consider unconventional framing for an uncommon view.
In fall, not uncommon to see several in a fruiting tree.
Some of the deadliest disasters were in developing countries, where insurance is relatively uncommon.
It was a dire way to live, but not uncommon along the border.
Rabbis are not uncommon in larger cities of the south.
Surprisingly for a country with a generally low regard for intellectual property, format theft is uncommon.
It is not uncommon for him to tag along on police patrols.
What such people usually have in common is uncommon intelligence.
Pacemakers are not uncommon, so many people are willing to undergo surgery because it's nothing new.
Put the common letters under the fingers, and make uncommon letters a far reach.
It was not even uncommon at the time to spell or pronounce ones own name in different ways at different times.
But it doesn't necessarily deserve such uncommon treatment in our tax code.
Harsh dismissal of disliked usages and pronunciations is not uncommon.
As you can see, a productivity spike around peak in unemployment isn't uncommon.
Intimidation which sometimes erupted into violence was not uncommon.
Million-dollar salaries are not uncommon, and some executives earn salaries in the tens of millions.
His inventive canvases combine strong form with delicate shadings uncommon among his contemporaries.
It's not uncommon for those who participate in a fraud scheme once to do so again in the future.
Sadly, these damaging stereotypes about the country are not uncommon.
But such deadly confrontations are not uncommon either.
The movie accordingly possesses an uncommon gravitas that immediately draws viewers into the story.
Fortunately, these poorly differentiated, clinically virulent cancers are relatively uncommon.
It was not uncommon for a judge to step down before the end of his term and handpick a successor, who then ran unopposed.
It was a traditional arrangement that had grown uncommon.
Far enough, in fact, to discover his uncommon calling: molding materials that turn biological discoveries into medical cures.
Finding the right combination of rare earths in sufficient concentration to be economically exploited is what is uncommon.
Here are some of our favorite minerals that actually are uncommon.
Unless you live next to the beach, barefoot runners are an uncommon sight.
Clinical copper deficiency is uncommon in humans, but it can cause a decrease in nitric oxide.
Far from being a mundane activity, for many scientists interacting with the media is relatively uncommon and quite exciting.
The flow may be metaphoric, but it is a metaphor of uncommon depth.
Out of it all he appears to have extracted, and given, an uncommon amount of pleasure.
But it was not uncommon to see coffins popping up out of the ground after rain.
While lodgings are plentiful, the higher level of service and amenities of a four-star property are still relatively uncommon.
It isn't uncommon to fall out of contact with friends.
It's not uncommon for brides to choose a traditional wedding dress, even for a beach-side wedding.
Older, defunct volcanoes are not themselves uncommon.
Matter becomes increasingly common, antimatter increasingly uncommon.
Diseases such as asthma should be incredibly uncommon, yet are disturbingly commonplace these days.
It is not uncommon to see students that have been diagnosed with downs syndrome who have autism listed as the primary disability.
It is not so uncommon to see acutely ill patients with life-threatening sepsis from colitis and need for urgent colectomy.
Unfortunately, this individual's story is not so uncommon.
Unfortunately, lifelong exposure to many factors can increase the incidence of common and uncommon tumors.
Their solitary lifestyle makes social encounters between individual polar bears extremely uncommon.
It is not uncommon for world leaders to have doubles, especially those having paranoiac tendency.
But this is not uncommon, and it is no reason to shy away from it.
It is not uncommon to see guidebooks and maps spread out on the nascent eatery's outdoor tables.
It's not uncommon for survivors of catastrophes to feel benumbed by what they have experienced.
At the moment, genetic testing for disease is still relatively crude and uncommon.
His concoctions are so popular that a wait of half an hour at lunchtime is not uncommon.
Due to his uncommon skills and great sense of humor he is dangerous, because he charms everyone, especially journalists.
It is uncommon for an e-mail to ask to become a phone call, so you agree, and then the call happens pretty quickly after that.
To function this way, however, you must cultivate certain skills which are uncommon in practice and not often taught.
And yet there was an uncommon, almost frightening honesty in the relationship.
It's not uncommon for the final game to be a tense affair that spends much of its time at less than full throttle.
Such digital detective work was not uncommon after the attacks.
It's not uncommon to see the same piece sold over and over again in a single year, rising in price at each sale.
But the state was indeed thrown into doubt, and it reacted with uncommon caution.
It turns out this is not an altogether uncommon occurrence.
Unlike music or math, where precocious displays of talent are not uncommon, photography tends not to have prodigies.
His evidence is uncommon but no less interesting for that.
In part this is because criticism itself has become so uncommon.
Urine and/or erythrocyte contamination was not uncommon in fractions of both ejaculate types.
Yet it's uncommon to find researchers who try to study human behavior as purely a matter of reward and punishment.
Moonbows-moondogs are not that uncommon but incredibly cool.
When you are developing a science fair project you need to look at how common things can be used to do uncommon tasks.
Subordinate males being maimed by the leading females was not uncommon.
Pride in ones ancestors is neither new nor uncommon anywhere in the world.
It was not uncommon to sit down with him and toss out an initial idea for discussion.
It is his willingness to persist that makes him uncommon.
Therefore she proved uncommon eagerness in collecting relics of the holy ones.
However, it is not uncommon for a bulldog to whelp naturally and successfully.