uncommon

[uhn-kom-uhn]
adjective, uncommoner, uncommonest.
1.
not common; unusual; rare: an uncommon word.
2.
unusual in amount or degree; above the ordinary: an uncommon amount of mail.
3.
exceptional; remarkable.

Origin:
1540–50; un-1 + common

uncommonness, noun


1. scarce, infrequent; odd, singular, strange, peculiar, queer. 2. extraordinary. 3. outstanding.
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uncommon (ʌnˈkɒmən)
 
adj
1.  outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
2.  in excess of what is normal: an uncommon liking for honey
 
adv
3.  an archaic word for uncommonly
 
un'commonness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

uncommon
1540s, "not possessed incommon," from un- (1) "not" + common (adj.). Meaning "not commonly occurring, unusual, rare" is recorded from 1610s.
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Example sentences
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.
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