Common and Exceptional


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Common adjective – Being of the type that is encountered in the normal course of events.
Usage example: just a common house cat but an extraordinary friend

Exceptional is an antonym for common in topics: low, average, uncommon.
Nearby Words: commonplace, commonly, commons, commonality, commonness
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Exceptional adjective – Being out of the ordinary.
Usage example: an exceptional amount of snow fell in March

Common is an antonym for exceptional in topics: unusual, irregular, ordinary, excellent.
Nearby Words: exception, exceptionally, exceptionable, exceptionality, exceptive
Antonyms for Exceptional
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Things that words describes

character common character exceptional character
power common power exceptional power
people common people exceptional people
trait common trait exceptional trait
Other nouns: effect, way, example, weapon, soldier, weapons.

Both words in one sentence

  • Familiars are fairly common in the Nasuverse and not much notice is really taken of them unless they are exceptional.
    Source: Familiar
  • Film / Die Hard McClane: After all your posturing, all your little speeches, you're nothing but a common thief.Hans: I am an exceptional thief, Mrs. McClane.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Television and film have lagged behind books a bit, with nice vampires exceptional rather than common.
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Exceptional and Common. (2016). Retrieved 2021, April 12, from
Common & Exceptional. N.p., 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2021. <>.
Exceptional or Common. 2016. Accessed April 12, 2021.

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