un·​char·​ac·​ter·​is·​tic | \ ˌən-ˌker-ik-tə-ˈri-stik , -ˌka-rik-\

Definition of uncharacteristic

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

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Other Words from uncharacteristic

uncharacteristically \ ˌən-​ˌker-​ik-​tə-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , -​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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But uncharacteristic of this time of year, Matt and not only Matt but out entire baseball operations department, are having a lot of conversations as are a lot of other teams this time of year. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Andy MacPhail says Phillies can't be 'impulsive' about free-agent pitchers," 17 Feb. 2018 During his testimony before the Senate in April, Zuckerberg marked the occasion by wearing an uncharacteristic crisp suit. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "11 pieces of clothing that explain 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Critics pointed to poor handling and a cheap interior, which were uncharacteristic of past Hondas. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Honda Took Pride in Doing Everything Itself. The Cost of Technology Made That Impossible.," 5 Aug. 2018 This reaction was, in fact, completely uncharacteristic. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Not Every Miscarriage Results in Grief, and That’s OK," 15 Oct. 2018 So this was a genuine moment, but maybe an uncharacteristic one for him. Fox News, "Brit Hume on fallout from Kavanaugh hearing; Alan Dershowitz on Rachel Mitchell's performance," 28 Sep. 2018 In July, that daily usage average dipped to just under 14.9 million, a nearly 12-percent drop that reflects an uncharacteristic yearlong trend in reduced usage for the service. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Steam sees surprising, significant usage dip in 2018," 1 Aug. 2018 Less than a week after suffering through his toughest race of the season — an uncharacteristic 12th-place finish at Iowa Speedway — Scott Dixon climbed right back atop the Verizon IndyCar Series mountain. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon climbs back atop IndyCar mountain as Hondas dominate Day 1 in Toronto," 13 July 2018 After an uncharacteristic early second-round exit against Milford last season, the Crusaders are eager to have an extended run this season. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Moeller baseball's Mo Schaffer throws key GCL-South no-no, considers walking on at UC," 9 May 2018

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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 \

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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