unanticipated

adjective
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 Delays in constructing the system could ring up millions of dollars in unanticipated costs for Waukesha. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Squabble over Lake Michigan water plan could cost Waukesha millions of dollars in delays," 23 Dec. 2019 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-03-05:db732cac805fadca9d31778b Player Element ID: video-6138529092001 Beginning of dialog window. Hillary Leung, Time, "A Cruise off the California Coast Is the Latest Ship Caught up in the Coronavirus Outbreak," 5 Mar. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-02-23:17fd19f21cc0181b69c592c5 Player Element ID: brightcove-6891313 Beginning of dialog window. Time, "Former Ukraine Diplomat Marie Yovanovitch to Release Memoir," 22 Feb. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-02-09:b9eb9879f46ba5448ac7518e Player Element ID: brightcove-7101227 Beginning of dialog window. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Trump Gave a Scholarship to a 4th Grader ‘Trapped’ in a ‘Failing’ Public Education at the State of the Union. She Reportedly Attends a Top Charter School," 8 Feb. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again This BBC Two miniseries examines the progress of Black actors in Hollywood and how Black life has changed in front of and behind the cameras. Essence, "Screen Time: 11 Titles You Can Stream In February," 29 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Winn is finally back on Supergirl — and so is Toyman? Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Supergirl sneak peek reveals Jeremy Jordan's return as Winn — and Toyman?," 25 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again A 4-year-old boy died Thursday after suffering a gunshot wound to his head while play-wrestling with his father, according to police. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Indiana Boy, 4, Dies After Being Shot in the Head While Play-Wrestling with His Dad," 25 Jan. 2020 Much of the extra money will automatically go into the state's rainy-day fund, so lawmakers will have about $452 million in unanticipated funds available for spending or cutting taxes. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin to collect $818 million more than expected through June 2021," 23 Jan. 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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24 Mar 2020

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“Unanticipated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanticipated. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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unanticipated

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English Language Learners Definition of unanticipated

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

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