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 Fans who worried this was an uncharacteristic outburst by Dany may have missed its significance as a deliberate strategic response to the betrayal Dany saw all around her inner circle. Christian Holub, EW.com, 19 May 2021 After nearly a day of uncharacteristic silence, Mr. Cruz returned home on Thursday, bearing a Texas flag mask, a suspiciously large suitcase and a classic political excuse. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2021 These statistics demonstrate an ineptitude that is uncharacteristic of a ball club predicated on power. Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The second wave, which began Feb. 26, is highly uncharacteristic of Beijing's elite cyber spies and far exceeds the norms of espionage, said Kevin Mandia of FireEye. Nathan Ellgren, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 The guard from Oregon posted an uncharacteristic eight turnovers on Sunday and insisted there were no excuses for her lack of execution. Erica L. Ayala, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The Ducks had a few, uncharacteristic stumbles by some of their big guns. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 17 May 2021 In the weeks that followed, her uncharacteristic extravagance astonished us. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, 11 May 2021 Netanyahu has also suffered a series of embarrassing — and uncharacteristic — defeats in parliament. NBC News, 5 May 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 19 Jun. 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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