un·​ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkə-stəmd \

Definition of unaccustomed

1 : not customary : not usual or common
2 : not habituated usually used with to

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Other Words from unaccustomed

unaccustomedly \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈkə-​stəmd-​lē \ adverb

Examples of unaccustomed in a Sentence

They responded to our request with unaccustomed speed. pampered youngsters who were unaccustomed to such hard work

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For a region unaccustomed to a storm like #HurricaneFlorence, its impact will arrive as a harbinger of a warmer — and more dangerous — future. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Hurricane Florence will dump up to 50 percent more rainfall due to climate change," 13 Sep. 2018 And then, yes, there was his sheer intake of calories, many of them derived from dishes to which the average American stomach might be unaccustomed. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "Remembering Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Food Critic," 23 July 2018 Having been a woman in the public eye as an actress, model, and beauty pageant contestant, Hunter was not unaccustomed to online attention and harassment, but this reached a whole new level. Nicola Pardy, refinery29.com, "How The Fake News Industry Weaponizes Women," 3 May 2018 Some have attempted to dismiss the president’s conduct as the actions of a new president, a free-wheeling businessman unaccustomed and unacquainted with the finer points of the office and government in general. Rep. Adam Schiff, Esquire, "Memo to the Public: The President Wants to Make the FBI His Instrument," 3 Feb. 2018 But newcomers to the world, like Ms. Guevara and her husband, were unaccustomed and ill-prepared to deal with the fallout. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "An Online Agitator, a Social Media Exposé and the Fallout in Brooklyn," 6 June 2018 The mountain and ocean views are astonishing, but anyone unaccustomed to switchbacks and the fierceness of Italian drivers might welcome a stop for a little fresh air and sightseeing. Alice Short, latimes.com, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018 Many have moved to larger facilities where there’s less hassle from neighbors unaccustomed to the bustle of industry. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 In less than a minute, a once-mighty man unaccustomed to laboring in anonymity was returned to the light on the strength of the defining characteristic of his life as an athlete: swift and sudden violence. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of unaccustomed

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unaccustomed

: not usual or common : not customary
: not familiar with something so that it does not seem normal or usual : not used to something


un·​ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkə-stəmd \

Kids Definition of unaccustomed

: not used to something He was unaccustomed to strenuous work.

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