un·​char·​ac·​ter·​is·​tic | \ˌən-ˌker-ik-tə-ˈri-stik, -ˌka-rik-\

Definition of uncharacteristic 

: not characteristic : not typical or distinctive uncharacteristic outbursts of temper

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uncharacteristically \ ˌən-​ˌker-​ik-​tə-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , -​ˌka-​rik-​ \ adverb

Examples of uncharacteristic in a Sentence

It was an uncharacteristic outburst of temper. Her uncharacteristic silence bothered me.

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The back-to-back defeats, 12-2 to King Philip and 7-4 to North Attleborough in nine innings, were uncharacteristic for Milford. BostonGlobe.com, "2018 MIAA girls’ softball tournament brackets," 5 June 2018 His peeved response, uncharacteristic for him, catapults Alinejad to journalistic notoriety; now even the president’s brother recognizes her in the hallways of the Majlis. Rafia Zakaria, New York Times, "The Woman Whose Hair Frightens Iran," 3 July 2018 His efforts here, combined with Messi’s uncharacteristic struggles, have added a crucial element to the discussion surrounding which man deserves to go down as the greatest of his era. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "This World Cup makes it official: Cristiano Ronaldo is greater than Lionel Messi," 22 June 2018 What was uncharacteristic, however, was the green, hooded military jacket she was pictured wearing while boarding her jet at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Melania Trump wears 'I don't care' jacket on trip to visit immigrant children in Texas," 21 June 2018 Its 2018 attacking numbers are quite uncharacteristic. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 8: Sporting KC Continues Attacking Breakout in Feast or Famine Slate," 23 Apr. 2018 The Pride boast enough talent to clinch an National Women’s Soccer League playoff spot, but lapses in focus and uncharacteristic miscues led to a surprising 3-1 loss at Houston Wednesday and threatened to derail their season. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earn 2-1 road win over Utah Royals," 14 July 2018 Badgers aside, Birkin—who was marching with her daughter and her grandson—seemed to have the same goal as everyone else who’d assembled in the uncharacteristic London heat. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Very British Protest," 13 July 2018 An uncharacteristic summer heatwave – and an unexpectedly strong World Cup performance by the English team – have increased demand for beer, cider and soda at the same time as supply has been hit. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Brits Are Running Low on Crumpets and Beer as CO2 in Short Supply," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of uncharacteristic

1748, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uncharacteristic

: not typical or usual : not characteristic


un·​char·​ac·​ter·​is·​tic | \ˌən-ˌker-ək-tə-ˈri-stik \

Kids Definition of uncharacteristic

: not typical or characteristic an uncharacteristic outburst of temper

Other Words from uncharacteristic

uncharacteristically \ -​sti-​klē, -​kə-​lē \ adverb She was uncharacteristically quiet.

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