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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But the lesson of history is that such accidents, however tragic, do surprisingly little damage to the business of selling aircraft. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Boeing Investors Need History Lesson After Crash," 11 Mar. 2019 There has been surprisingly little research into the effects of vigorous activity on pregnancy and delivery. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Vigorous exercise, even a trek up Everest, may be safe during pregnancy," 26 Oct. 2018 Perhaps most striking of all is that there's surprisingly little time spent actually developing new code: for a Windows release, two stints of 6-8 weeks over an entire three year period. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 There is surprisingly little news about technology and the 1998 World Cup. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 14 July 2018 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 There has been surprisingly little controversy over what may be the most unflattering part of the episode: Mr. Glasgow spent the minutes after the accident trying to commit insurance fraud. New York Times, "From Fighting Injustice to Facing Death Row: The Bizarre Case of Pastor Glasgow," 7 July 2018 That means workforces are aging, too, but employers are doing surprisingly little to prepare to meet the challenges or adapt to employees' needs. Mark Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, "With aging populations, companies rethink opportunities for older workers," 21 June 2018 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, CNN, "When you go from hungry to 'hangry'," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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