unusual

un|u|su|al
W3S2 [ʌnˈju:ʒuəl, -ʒəl] adj
different from what is usual or normal
an unusual feature
unusual circumstances
It's unusual for Dave to be late.
It's not unusual (=it is quite common) to feel very angry in a situation like this.
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WORD CHOICE: unusual, strange, odd, bizarre, extraordinary, exceptional, remarkable
Unusual is neither approving nor disapproving : a suit made of unusual material | an unusual name | Her response was unusual.
Strange and odd mean unusual in a way that you cannot understand. They are sometimes used to show slight disapproval or distrust : a very strange man | I found his attitude a bit odd.
Bizarre means very unusual, especially in a way that you think is amusing or that is hard to believe : a bizarre haircut
Extraordinary can be approving or disapproving, but suggests approval when it is used to describe a person : What an extraordinary idea! (can suggest you strongly disagree) |My mother was an extraordinary woman (=very impressive, talented etc).
Exceptional and remarkable often mean unusually good or impressive : a writer of exceptional talent | a remarkable film
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