unexpected

adjective
un·​ex·​pect·​ed | \ ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd How to pronounce unexpected (audio) \

Definition of unexpected

: not expected : unforeseen

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Other Words from unexpected

unexpectedly adverb
unexpectedness noun

Examples of unexpected in a Sentence

an unexpected turn of events I'm sad that she's leaving, but it was not unexpected.
Recent Examples on the Web Obviously, the events of 2020 were unexpected, but Light says the bank’s response was not. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: The little bank that could during COVID-19," 16 Sep. 2020 The strict lockdown at the start of this year’s planting season gave her an unexpected opportunity to try. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "A Crop of Kitchen Gardens From Chefs Around the Globe," 14 Sep. 2020 Nanakornphanom said the chef had been living in Mexico since the outbreak, but his return to the Washington area was unexpected. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Top Chef Contestant Aaron Grissom Dies in Traffic Accident at Age 34," 11 Sep. 2020 Based on preseason predictions, few Heisman Trophy winners in recent college football history have been as unexpected as last year’s runaway winner, LSU’s Joe Burrow. USA TODAY, "Top 10 Heisman Trophy contenders for the college football season," 8 Sep. 2020 Now, in a rebound that some crime analysts say isn't completely unexpected, city leaders are again confronted with a grim statistic and a search for answers during a pandemic that has upended daily life. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "The alarming 2020 murder rate in New Orleans isn't unexpected. It highlights a historic low in 2019.," 7 Sep. 2020 The latest disturbing news about the financial condition of 463 nursing homes across the United States is unexpected, to say the least. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Lean times ahead," 30 Aug. 2020 This was not unexpected, and mirrors the need for early intervention to succeed in combatting influenza, another infectious and deadly respiratory pathogen. Michael S. Kinch, Scientific American, "How Politics Muddied the Waters on a Promising COVID-19 Treatment," 25 Aug. 2020 Here are 6 situations where your home’s equity can be an unexpected and great opportunity. Bellco, The Denver Post, "Taking advantage of the equity living under your roof," 14 July 2020

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First Known Use of unexpected

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unexpected was circa 1586

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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unexpected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexpected. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for unexpected

unexpected

adjective
How to pronounce unexpected (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unexpected

: not expected

unexpected

adjective
un·​ex·​pect·​ed | \ ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd How to pronounce unexpected (audio) \

Kids Definition of unexpected

: not expected : unforeseen an unexpected visit

Other Words from unexpected

unexpectedly adverb

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