sur·​pris·​al sər-ˈprī-zəl How to pronounce surprisal (audio)
: the action of surprising : the state of being surprised

Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surprisal was in 1591

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“Surprisal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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