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unusual adj
1 not usual or common or ordinary; "a scene of unusual beauty"; "a man of unusual ability"; "cruel and unusual punishment"; "an unusual meteorite" [ant: usual]
2 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" [syn: strange] [ant: familiar]
3 not commonly encountered; "two-career families are no longer unusual"

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  • /ʌnˈjuːðuəl/ or , /Vn"ju:Du@l/ or


  1. 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.




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