un·​char·​ac·​ter·​is·​tic | \ ˌən-ˌker-ik-tə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce uncharacteristic (audio) , -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 How to pronounce uncharacteristically (audio) , -​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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That many penalties are uncharacteristic for Fleck’s teams in Minnesota. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers have been disciplined under Fleck, but weren’t Saturday in Fresno," 10 Sep. 2019 Fazzari's disappearance is uncharacteristic, which is a cause for concern, Lewis said. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Phoenix man reported missing after car found abandoned in remote area of Yavapai County," 22 July 2019 In an uncharacteristic down year for top recruits in Mississippi, Jackson tops the list and has as much potential as any defensive tackle in the country. al, "The Southern 120: Counting down Nos. 11-30 of the South’s top Class of 2020 recruits," 21 Aug. 2019 Some of the newfound meteorite grains displayed signs of extreme shock, which is completely uncharacteristic of meteorites that formed at the birth of the solar system, typically through the gradual accretion of material. Quanta Magazine, "A Quasicrystal’s Shocking Origin," 8 July 2016 NASA-Orange’s defense took an inning off in the fifth when three errors, something very uncharacteristic of a NASA-Orange team, opened the door to La Porte scoring three unearned runs. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA-Orange, League City, Baytown nab berths to Pony South Zone in Louisiana," 15 July 2019 San Francisco coach Bill Walsh was in an uncharacteristic celebratory mood after the 49ers traded their top two picks to New England, moving up to grab Rice with the 16th selection. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "See Jerry Rice’s first photos as a 49er (taken after his first time on a plane)," 27 June 2019 Carmel at Louisville Trinity Carmel got the season off on the right foot last year with a 24-21 home win over a Trinity team that finished an uncharacteristic 7-7. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Thinking high school football: Top-10 area matchups of Week 1 of season," 26 June 2019 Since its announcement, the remake of Child’s Play has been met with an uncharacteristic level of dread from horror fans. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce uncharacteristic (audio) \

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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