Definition of Extraordinary

1. Adjective. Beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable. "An extraordinary session of the legislature"

2. Adjective. Far more than usual or expected. "It was an over-the-top experience"
Exact synonyms: Over-the-top, Sinful
Similar to: Immoderate
Derivative terms: Extraordinariness

3. Adjective. (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials. "An ambassador extraordinary"
Similar to: Unusual

Definition of Extraordinary

1. a. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils; extraordinary remedies.

2. n. That which is extraordinary; -- used especially in the plural; as, extraordinaries excepted, there is nothing to prevent success.

Definition of Extraordinary

1. Adjective. Not ordinary; exceptional; unusual; ¹

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Definition of Extraordinary

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Extraordinary

1. 1. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils; extraordinary remedies. "Which dispose To something extraordinary my thoughts." (Milton) 2. Exceeding the common degree, measure. Or condition; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, extraordinary talents or grandeur. 3. Employed or sent upon an unusual or special service; as, an ambassador extraordinary. Origin: L. Extraordinarius; extra on the outside + ordinarius: cf. F. Extraordinaire. See Ordinary. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Extraordinary

extranuclear inheritance
extraocular muscles
extraoral anchorage
extraoral fracture appliance
extraoral photograph
extraoral traction appliances
extraordinary (current term)
extraordinary optical transmission
extraordinary professor
extraordinary professors
extraordinary rendition
extraordinary renditions

Literary usage of Extraordinary

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1. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"to cut the bother short, Smith mounted and rode away. The horse went lame a mile from town, and afterward got to cutting up some extraordinary capers ..."

2. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, James Edwin Thorold Rogers (1869)
"Of the Unreasonableness of those extraordinary Restraints upo-n other Principles. IN the foregoing Part of this Chapter I have endeavoured to show, ..."

3. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World by Jonathan Swift (1894)
"V The Author by an extraordinary Stratagem, prevents an Invasion. A high Title of Honour is conferr'd upon him. Ambassadors arrive from the Emperor of ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1804)
"The death of Aurelian, however, is remarkable by its extraordinary consequences, The legions admired, lamented, and revenged, their victorious chief. ..."

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