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extraordinary adj
1 beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature" [ant: ordinary]
2 far more than usual or expected; "an extraordinary desire for approval"; "it was an over-the-top experience" [syn: over-the-top]
3 (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials; "an ambassador extraordinary" [syn: extraordinary(p)]

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Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem, "outside the order".


  • /ɪksˈtrɔː(r)dɪˌnərɪ/, ,


  1. not ordinary; exceptional; unusual;
    • People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. - Edmund Hilary


not ordinary

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