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unexpected

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adjective un·ex·pect·ed \ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd\

Simple Definition of unexpected

  • : not expected

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unexpected

  1. :  not expected :  unforeseen

unexpectedly adverb
unexpectedness noun

Examples of unexpected in a sentence

  1. an unexpected turn of events

  2. I'm sad that she's leaving, but it was not unexpected.



Circa 1586

First Known Use of unexpected

circa 1586



UNEXPECTED Defined for Kids

unexpected

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adjective un·ex·pect·ed \ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd\

Definition of unexpected for Students

  1. :  not expected :  unforeseen <an unexpected visit>

unexpectedly adverb




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