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.
Recent Examples on the Web Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore considered to what degree his play calls had precipitated three straight games of uncharacteristic fumbles from Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Mike McCarthy defends 1-3 Cowboys: ‘We don’t have an effort issue’," 6 Oct. 2020 The Chargers have an aggressive defense, so perhaps Brady took advantage and handed them a points-against total that’s uncharacteristic of them of late. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football waiver wire for Week 5: Pick up Joshua Kelley and D’Ernest Johnson — just in case you need replacements for Austin Ekeler and Nick Chubb," 5 Oct. 2020 Son’s disposals have gone well beyond the original agenda, uncharacteristic for a man long reluctant to sell prized assets. Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg.com, "Almost Everyone at SoftBank Thinks Going Private Is a Bad Idea," 4 Oct. 2020 The logic of the argument, and the particular dispute, might move any justice in what might seem to be an uncharacteristic direction. Cass R. Sunstein Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "High court justices often surprise both critics and champions," 1 Oct. 2020 As the game got away from them, the Ravens rushed into uncharacteristic mistakes. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs," 29 Sep. 2020 An uncharacteristic defensive misstep by Kendall Waston cleared the path for NYCFC's opener 31 seconds into the game. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Takeaways: FC Cincinnati reeling on several fronts after 4-0 thrashing at NYCFC," 27 Sep. 2020 Both Sanders and Ty Montgomery also had uncharacteristic drops in their second game after joining the Saints in the offseason. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Inside Drew Brees' slow start: A lack of aggressive throws from Saints QB, not arm strength," 25 Sep. 2020 The conventional wisdom in sports has been that championship teams need to be stacked with experienced veterans — those less likely to buckle under pressure or make uncharacteristic mistakes with the game on the line. Sopan Deb, New York Times, "Miami and Boston’s Young N.B.A. Players Are Bucking Tradition," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of uncharacteristic

1748, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncharacteristic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncharacteristic. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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