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extraordinary

adjective
 
 
/ɪkˈstrɔːdənəri/
very unusual, special, or unexpected: extraordinary accomplishment/achievement/effort It's an extraordinary accomplishment to be able to run a successful project for 40 years. After a rough start, this year is shaping up to be a year of extraordinary growth for the company.
[before noun] ACCOUNTING used to describe a large cost or loss that does not happen regularly: The oil spill was handled as an extraordinary expense - a non-recurring, one-time event.
[before noun] used to describe something that does not happen regularly but that is arranged for a special purpose: They convened an extraordinary meeting of shareholders to discuss the issue.
(Definition of extraordinary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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