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

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The Warriors’ issues against Toronto stem from its supporting cast surprisingly emerging in Game 1 and the team being undermanned without Durant and Klay Thompson in Game 3. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Will Kevin Durant return in the NBA Finals?," 7 June 2019 Ogwumike was one of three Sparks players to score in double digits, which surprisingly didn’t include Chelsea Gray. Kelli Stacy,, "Connecticut Sun beat LA Sparks 89-77 in Chiney Ogwumike’s return to Mohegan Sun," 7 June 2019 Having championed and signed bills to increase government control over the state’s energy economy, local education decisions and health care this legislative session, Gov. Jared Polis took a surprisingly free-market approach to state licensure. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Polis’ libertarian streak shows in his vetoes of three more occupational licenses," 7 June 2019 Mr Stewart’s knowledge of Muslim culture and Afghan languages has proved surprisingly useful on his current travels. The Economist, "Rory Stewart, odd man out," 7 June 2019 One reason is that trade accounts for a surprisingly small portion of the economy. CBS News, "How Trump's tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt the U.S. economy," 6 June 2019 Getting a sense of the different angles on the anvil and how to use them to my advantage was surprisingly nuanced. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How I Learned To Build With Metal," 24 May 2019 Hatchbacks Hatchbacks forgo the traditional trunk of a sedan in favor of a rear liftgate that opens up to reveal sometimes surprisingly large cargo bays. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Sedans, Hatchbacks, Coupes, and Convertibles," 30 Jan. 2019 Those inputs are also enough to offer full control over a surprisingly large array of Switch games (sometimes with a bit of menu fiddling). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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