not usual or common or ordinary
"a scene of unusual beauty"; "a man of unusual ability"; "cruel and unusual punishment"; "an unusual meteorite"
being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
"a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
not commonly encountered
"two-career families are no longer unusual"
Unlike what is expected; differing in some way from the norm.
His behavior was unusual in that it was considered childish for a man of his age.
More than usual.
not usual; uncommon; rare; as, an unusual season; a person of unusual grace or erudition
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
un-ū′zhū-al, adj. not usual or common.—n. Unusual′ity, rarity.—adv. Unū′sually.—n. Unū′sualness.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'unusual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2528
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'unusual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2675
Rank popularity for the word 'unusual' in Adjectives Frequency: #325
The numerical value of unusual in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of unusual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of unusual in a Sentence
It would be a rather unusual beginning.
Usually the prostitute gets arrested or the person who's running the brothel, so this is an unusual approach, to round up the' johns.' You see it happening periodically in jurisdictions where there's a major prostitution problem and he just got caught in the net.
The President's frustration is one that a lot of the Americans have which feels like the scales of justice are not balanced anymore, and when someone like Roger Stone gets a prosecution that suggests a nine-year jail sentence which is four years above the sentencing guidelines ... they feel it is unusual.
For the past 26 years there have been times when Bob and I have felt compassion for Roderick Nunley, Taylor and their families only to remember how frightened Ann must have been, the total fear she felt when she was bound and unable to defend herself while listening to them discuss how they were going to kill her. The pain she felt when they stabbed her, not once, but at least 10 times. That is the true definition of unusual pain and suffering. The only closure that our family will have is knowing that justice for Ann has been attained and that we are finally through with the judicial system.
This is an unusual commander in chief, this is a very unique set of circumstances and it requires a unique set of extraordinary efforts.
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Translations for unusual
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- غير عاديArabic
- inusualCatalan, Valencian
- epätavallinen, erikoinenFinnish
- insolite, inhabituelFrench
- particolare, insolitoItalian
- 珍しい, 珍しいですJapanese
- savāds, svešāds, neparastsLatvian
- ongewoon, ongebruikelijkDutch
- insolit, ciudat, neuzual, neobișnuitRomanian
- необыкновенный, необычныйRussian
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