Adjective "Extraordinary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Very unusual or remarkable.
  1. with clause 'it is extraordinary that no consultation took place'
  2. 'Given their unusual appearance and extraordinary biology, it is not surprising that Asians have credited sea horses with magical powers.'
  3. 'And it was an amazing, extraordinary moment there at the Redwood City courthouse.'
  4. 'That, in my book, is highly unusual, extraordinary, and a new phenomenon in party politics.'
  5. 'There followed a remarkable journey for an extraordinary man.'
  6. 'And they remarked on the extraordinary contrasts of the river where it flows wide and deep for long stretches before being suddenly interrupted by rapids.'
  7. 'This extraordinary woman lived a remarkable life.'
  8. 'She was a woman of extraordinary courage and remarkable ability and no one can doubt that Tony Benn was lucky to have found and married her.'
  9. 'Indeed, the general lack of panic is, it seems to me, extraordinary, remarkable, and deeply moving.'
  10. 'They were faced with a remarkable, extraordinary, exhibition of magnanimity.'
  11. 'Taken alone, this is not an extraordinary remark.'
  12. 'The film had an extraordinary amount of violence.'
  13. 'To them, £500 seemed an extraordinary amount of money for a team with no pedigree, a bunch of unknowns that would do little to entice the supporters through the gates at Inverleith.'
  14. 'Britain produces an extraordinary amount of commentary, in print, on television and on radio; so much that the production of opinion can seem to be our dominant industry, the thing we are best at and most take to.'
  15. 'Platoon leaders and platoon sergeants spend an extraordinary amount of time not on deciding who deserves medals but working on the grammar and presentation of the citation.'
  16. 'He said the raid was a result of the Crime Management Unit's two-week investigation into the extraordinary amount of robberies.'
  17. 'Change is extremely slow, and even small improvements take extraordinary amounts of time, energy, and money; but small changes can be found.'
  18. 'It's just an extraordinary amount of money for anybody to take home.'
  19. 'Despite the belief in some quarters that an extraordinary amount can be accomplished in a mere seven days, it will take a bit longer for people to come down from the emotions of the election.'
  20. 'And I do think that we are getting an extraordinary amount of good information about a very complicated story.'
  21. 'We can do things that otherwise it would take an extraordinary amount of money to do.'
(of a meeting) specially convened.
  1. 'The prince also said he will convene an extraordinary session if it is necessary to finalize the bill.'
  2. 'Archbishop Brady made his comments at a press conference following the extraordinary meeting of the Catholic Bishops in Maynooth yesterday.'
  3. 'Immediately after the public meeting, Durrington parish council convened an extraordinary meeting and voted to oppose the English Heritage application.'
  4. 'This Ambassador extraordinary was issued a red (diplomatic) passport as well.'


An item in a company's accounts not arising from its normal activities.
  1. 'Companies reporting profits before extraordinaries for several continuing years can suddenly tail spin to wipe out its entire capital and accumulated profits.'


1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.

2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.

3. (of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility: minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.

More examples(as adjective)

"situations can be extraordinary in years."

"efforts can be extraordinary for hopes."

"bids can be extraordinary by standards."

"works can be extraordinary in reporters."

"situations can be extraordinary to marks."

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Late Middle English: from Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem ‘outside the normal course of events’.