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 In the Age of the Inconceivable, when huge and unanticipated events like the pandemic have become the norm, any outlook may change quickly. Reid Hoffman, WSJ, 20 May 2022 This is a daunting and often unanticipated issue and any fixes may take weeks to show. Iman Bashir, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Logistics companies will need to look at digital supply networks to optimize shipping routes, spot unanticipated delays, and facilitate tracking and tracing, mode substitutions and inventory rebalancing. Mitchell Luciano, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Extending tests to unanticipated fringe cases is a great way to get ahead of unintended behavior and even patch security risks that are uncovered during these adverse events. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Amoni Hall will move this summer from one higher education institution to another, a process that can be disruptive, complex, frustrating and fruitless when credits don’t transfer and other unanticipated obstacles crop up. Jon Marcus, NBC News, 29 June 2022 Many of the acts moved the audience in unanticipated ways. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 The pandemic was a wake-up call underlying the simple fact that the unanticipated and the improbable are more possible than anyone would have expected before. Somdutta Singh, Forbes, 5 May 2022 These seemingly unrelated changes had an unanticipated outcome: students being ticketed by police and then funneled into systems designed for adults, not children. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Unanticipated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanticipated. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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