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Definition of unanticipated

: not anticipated : unexpected, unforeseen

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unanticipatedly adverb

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Examples of unanticipated in a Sentence

The new policy has had some unanticipated side effects. ran into some unanticipated difficulties with the computer program
Recent Examples on the Web Situations can change quickly, and people may react in unanticipated ways. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 13, 2020: Happy birthday Ken Jeong; Capricorn listen to sensible advice," 13 July 2020 Dozens of those plans are now up in the air, as the public health impacts of the virus present a massive unanticipated expense. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz Africa, "Covid could upend several African countries’ plans to fuel economic growth with oil and gas," 27 June 2020 The extent to which these governments choose to close their new, unanticipated deficits through tax changes may hinge on the shape of the recovery — and a slew of epidemiological factors outside of economists’ control. Washington Post, "Governments eye new taxes on cigarettes, homes and tech giants to pay for big budget shortfalls related to the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 The California Highway Patrol racked up more than 431,000 hours of unanticipated overtime costs from May 28 to June 11, according to a letter sent to legislative leaders by the state Department of Finance. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California Highway Patrol has spent $38 million responding to anti-racism protests," 16 June 2020 The California Highway Patrol put in more than 431,000 hours of unanticipated overtime costs between May 28 to June 11. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "California spent $38M to police crowds during George Floyd protests," 16 June 2020 The costs of 431,454 hours of unanticipated overtime for CHP officers will be covered by the state budget under the emergency order and other action being taken by the Department of Finance. Los Angeles Times, "California spent $38.2 million deploying CHP officers to George Floyd protests," 16 June 2020 New York leaders faced an unanticipated crisis as the new coronavirus overwhelmed the nation’s largest city. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, "How New York’s Coronavirus Response Made the Pandemic Worse," 11 June 2020 This triple-punch has left farmers with an unanticipated milk surplus and no place to store it. Ed Townley For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Dairy farmers are dumping millions of gallons of milk. This could make it stop," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of unanticipated

circa 1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unanticipated was circa 1779

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18 Jul 2020

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“Unanticipated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanticipated. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unanticipated

: not expected or anticipated : not thought of as a possibility

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