surprisal

noun
sur·​pris·​al | \ sər-ˈprī-zəl How to pronounce surprisal (audio) , sə- \

Definition of surprisal

: the action of surprising : the state of being surprised

First Known Use of surprisal

1591, in the meaning defined above

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“Surprisal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surprisal. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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