from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not varying from a norm; usual.
  • adj. Not subject to exceptions; absolute. See Usage Note at unexceptionable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not exceptional
  • adj. acceptable
  • adj. average
  • adj. mundane
  • adj. plain

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not forming an exception; in the regular course; usual.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not special in any way


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  • It is unexceptional, which is what makes it so disturbing.

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  • Maxwell Sim, a 48-year-old after-sales customer liaison officer for an Oxford Street department store, is 'unexceptional' in every way.

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  • Maybe that's supposed to read "unexceptional" semen?

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  • I found it kind of unexceptional, except for its size (and perhaps the beautifully sculpted front doors).

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  • The "unexceptional" bit will be argued in reviews and post-screening chats (and maybe in the comments here) but the second bit is not up for discussion.

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  • It's as much an assault on the senses as it is on the intelligence, and as trilogy-cappers go, this latest explode-a-thon from director Michael Bay -- notwithstanding its brilliant use of 3D -- is wholly unsatisfying and wholly unexceptional.

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  • President Clinton's first-term economic-recovery results were unexceptional.

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  • This unsolicited theatre, devoid after a minute or so of any arresting entertainment value, served only to create some discomfiture among the diners who felt obliged studiously to keep their eyes focussed on their plates, considering the unexceptional option.

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  • Mr. President, your October 7 announcement that you plan to veto a bill that has as its stated, and seemingly unexceptional purpose, of streamlining the recognition of notarized statements across state lines will be welcomed by consumer groups and others who fear that the bill would make it tougher for homeowners to challenge improper foreclosure attempts.

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  • Of this early work, only a few unexceptional windows have survived, nothing that suggests extraordinary talent.

    The Proto-Surrealist


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