sur·pris·ing·ly | \ sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē , sə- \

Definition of surprisingly 

1 : in a surprising manner : to a surprising degree a surprisingly fast runner

2 : it is surprising that surprisingly, voter turnout was high

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But the geographic split has been surprisingly sharp for a race in which there are few glaring issue differences between the candidates, neither started out with much of a statewide political profile and the two are both highly supportive of Trump. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP senate primary in Wisconsin already reflects north-south divide within party," 13 July 2018 The researchers first discovered the average age of startup founders, which is a surprisingly non-youthful 41.9 years old. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "The best age for entrepreneurship," 13 July 2018 Netflix’s surprisingly brilliant true crime parody American Vandal was overlooked despite boasting a rabid fandom. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 But beyond the nasty concoctions and Hannibal-like rites, our ancestors also came up with some surprisingly ingenious methods. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 But, not surprisingly, long lines are creating problems. Sheila Vilvens,, "Build-A-Bear Workshop Pay Your Age Day: Long lines, large crowds," 12 July 2018 In the span of their whirlwind, weeks-long romance, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have checked off relationship milestone after relationship milestone in surprisingly quick succession. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Phone Background Is a Photo of Pete Davidson," 11 July 2018 Despite beating Rutgers 41-0 a season ago, the Scarlet Knights surprisingly had more Big Ten wins than IU last season (three to two). Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 As stark as the stage was, the costuming by Abby Hewes was surprisingly detailed and period specific. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: 'Romeo and Juliet' in Poway, a mix of modern with tradition," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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