sur·​pris·​ing·​ly | \ sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē How to pronounce surprisingly (audio) , 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

Examples of surprisingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scouting report: On display during Ritchie’s emergence this past season: a surprisingly crafty sense for short-area passes and work around the goal, plus a decent set of hands in tight., 17 July 2021 But some of the changes that felt surprisingly just right in 2020 have faded away. Dewayne Bevil,, 15 July 2021 And a final sequence proves the Looney Tunes are surprisingly credible rappers. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 In Astrobiology in 2019, Melott and two colleagues found that if the supernova exploded just 150 light-years away, rather than 300, the muon radiation would have hit marine animals surprisingly hard. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 In addition, the highest concentration of Latter-day Saints in counties with more than 10,000 residents is found, not surprisingly, in Utah County (72%), home to the faith’s premier school, BYU in Provo. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2021 Of course, that doesn't mean that scientists haven't tried, and a study published in June in the journal PNAS proposes a new and surprisingly simple test to gauge this ability. Katie Hunt, CNN, 14 July 2021 Though the best of summer is yet to come, thanks to these surprisingly affordable swimsuits. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 14 July 2021 The island can get surprisingly chilly in the fall and winter months. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2021

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“Surprisingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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