un·​an·​tic·​i·​pat·​ed | \ ˌən-an-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce unanticipated (audio) \

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 The unanticipated supply chain disruption provided an opportunity to implement the new font. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 The pandemic created an unanticipated surge in demand for toys as parents hunkered down with children at home. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 10 June 2021 That leaves the port system chronically vulnerable to unanticipated volume surges. Peter Tirschwell, WSJ, 2 June 2021 However, a historic effort launched in late 2018 to clean up air quality in low-income neighborhoods of color across California has recently turned up some perhaps unanticipated findings for San Diego and National City’s portside communities. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 The fate of a president and his party depends more on his ability to maintain popularity and on his performance during unanticipated crises. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 1 May 2021 Amazon’s recent announcement was met with an unanticipated immediate blowback. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 29 May 2021 But the details of the sets, such as the embryo cold storage area, that might prompt shoppers to do unanticipated window shopping. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 Virginia has seen nearly $2 billion in unanticipated revenues. New York Times, 25 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Unanticipated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanticipated. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unanticipated

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


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