un·​char·​ac·​ter·​is·​tic ˌən-ˌker-ik-tə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce uncharacteristic (audio)
: not characteristic : not typical or distinctive
uncharacteristic outbursts of temper
uncharacteristically adverb

Examples of uncharacteristic in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncharacteristic was in 1748

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“Uncharacteristic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncharacteristic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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