adj. 25B6; adjective
the drought was exceptional : UNUSUAL, uncommon, abnormal, atypical, extraordinary, out of the ordinary, rare, unprecedented, unexpected, surprising; odd, strange, freakish, anomalous, peculiar; Brit. out of the common; informal weird, freaky, something else.
her exceptional ability : OUTSTANDING, extraordinary, remarkable, special, excellent, phenomenal, prodigious; unequalled, unparalleled, unsurpassed, peerless, matchless, first-rate, first-class; informal A1, top-notch.