uncharacteristic

adjective un·char·ac·ter·is·tic \ ˌən-ˌker-ik-tə-ˈri-stik , -ˌka-rik- \
Updated on: 26 May 2018

Definition of uncharacteristic

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

uncharacteristically

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

Examples of uncharacteristic in a Sentence

  1. It was an uncharacteristic outburst of temper.

  2. Her uncharacteristic silence bothered me.

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First Known Use of uncharacteristic

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UNCHARACTERISTIC Defined for English Language Learners

uncharacteristic

Definition of uncharacteristic for English Language Learners

  • : not typical or usual : not characteristic


UNCHARACTERISTIC Defined for Kids

uncharacteristic

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

Definition of uncharacteristic for Students

: not typical or characteristic
  • an uncharacteristic outburst of temper

uncharacteristically

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

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