unexpected

adjective
un·​ex·​pect·​ed | \ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd \

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.

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The truth is that in the history of chess, spanning more than a millennium, there hasn’t been a single human brilliancy, however wayward and unexpected, that a computer could not have located. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘The Grandmaster’ Review: The 64-Square Universe," 8 Nov. 2018 There’s also a certain hopeful takeaway that might be unexpected, given the work’s underlying subject matter. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Falling Out, the Haunting Final Installment of Phantom Limb’s Nature Trilogy, Premieres at BAM," 7 Nov. 2018 However, other family members have gone unexpected routes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 Millie Bobby Brown and Drake may have the most unexpected friendship ever, but these two are apparently super close, according to Millie. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Reveals She Texts Drake for Boy Advice," 19 Sep. 2018 The project marks an unexpected new direction for van Hove, one of the most influential theater directors to emerge in recent decades. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 Philip Montgomery, Tulsa Tulsa’s quick dip from 10 wins in 2016 to 10 losses a year later was unexpected, if fascinating to watch. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ten college football coaches on the hot seat entering this season," 6 July 2018 Grass fields don’t present the same hazard because the natural surface can tear away before an injury occurs, but artificial turf may grip a cleat without letting go, causing limbs to twist in unexpected and potentially harmful ways. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "What’s the Stress Test for NFL Cleats?," 12 Oct. 2018 The tabletop should be about discovery for your guests, so using multiple design elements in your setting is unexpected and adventurous. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018

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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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unexpected

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unexpected

: not expected

unexpected

adjective
un·​ex·​pect·​ed | \ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd \

Kids Definition of unexpected

: not expected : unforeseen an unexpected visit

Other Words from unexpected

unexpectedly adverb

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