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phenomenal

[fi-nom-uh-nl] /fɪˈnɒm ə nl/
adjective
1.
highly extraordinary or prodigious; exceptional:
phenomenal speed.
2.
of or pertaining to phenomena.
3.
of the nature of a phenomenon; cognizable by the senses.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; phenomen(on) + -al1
Related forms
phenomenality, noun
phenomenally, adverb
nonphenomenal, adjective
nonphenomenally, adverb
semiphenomenal, adjective
semiphenomenally, adverb
unphenomenal, adjective
unphenomenally, adverb
Can be confused
phenomena, phenomenal, phenomenon (see usage note at phenomenon)
Synonyms
1. uncommon, outstanding, surpassing, unprecedented.
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British Dictionary definitions for unphenomenally

phenomenal

/fɪˈnɒmɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a phenomenon
2.
extraordinary; outstanding; remarkable: a phenomenal achievement
3.
(philosophy) known or perceived by the senses rather than the mind
Derived Forms
phenomenally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unphenomenally

phenomenal

adj.

1803, "of the nature of a phenomenon," a hybrid from phenomenon + -al (1). Meaning "remarkable, exceptional" is from 1850.

[Phenomenal] is a metaphysical term with a use of its own. To divert it from this proper use to a job for which it is not needed, by making it do duty for remarkable, extraordinary, or prodigious, is a sin against the English language. [Fowler]
Related: Phenomenally.

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