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.

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Her teachers report not understanding exactly what motivated the uncharacteristic decision. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Turned Down a Spot at Her Dream College for a Chance to Study with Prince William," 23 Mar. 2019 Guests disregarded Miami’s uncharacteristic weather and filled the venue as race after race (on turf and dirt) proceeded. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Miami's Pegasus Cup, the World’s Richest Horse Race," 1 Feb. 2019 This act of violence was uncharacteristic, however; more often Bellow expressed aggression in the form of mockery. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "Watching the Lights Go Out," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of uncharacteristic

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 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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