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 uncharacteristic (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 Oregon entered their Pac-12 North clash with unranked Stanford looking to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2013 but penalties, turnovers, and uncharacteristic clock management sent the Ducks to their first loss. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Mahomes did throw an early third-quarter interception, continuing the uncharacteristic trend that has brought his season total to four after throwing only six all of last season. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 John Samuel Shenker had a couple of uncharacteristic drops, but the usually reliable tight end led Auburn in receiving in Death Valley. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 3 Oct. 2021 The uncharacteristic show of defiance against Beijing set the tone for different branches of the Philippine government to take the initiative in what Filipinos call the West Philippine Sea. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Those who remained saw an uncharacteristic set by Coldplay, who fully embraced the global-music-citizen aspect of the evening more than anyone before them Saturday. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2021 Mize threw an uncharacteristic 35 pitches in the second. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2021 North Korea has been very quiet on the international scene in recent months -- which is very uncharacteristic, according to Chang. Danielle Duclos, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Valor Christian improved to 2-0 while Oaks Christian fell to an uncharacteristic 0-3. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021

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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 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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