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.

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For many Afghans, the abrupt suspension of talks after 10 months of negotiations was not entirely unexpected. David Zucchino, New York Times, "Afghans Glad Trump Stopped Taliban Talks, Even if They Doubt His Explanation," 9 Sep. 2019 The investigation against Facebook isn’t unexpected. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is investigating Facebook for possible anti-trust violations," 6 Sep. 2019 The state depends heavily on personal income taxes and an unexpected surge in those payments in recent months pushed up the rebate figure. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon taxpayers set to get a $1.6 billion ‘kicker’ rebate next year," 28 Aug. 2019 This outcome wasn't terribly unexpected by the parties. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Upholds $100M TV Money Win for Washington Nationals," 23 Aug. 2019 These are not unexpected issues for a budget monitor, though. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Finding the best gaming monitors you can buy in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 The ruling wasn't unexpected: multiple law enforcement officials had previously told NBC News that Epstein's death was presumed to be a suicide. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in Manhattan jail cell, autopsy report says," 16 Aug. 2019 Some of the biggest moves to transpire already were not entirely unexpected, but that doesn't take away from their magnitude. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The Summer Transfer Window's Major Remaining Storylines in Play," 15 July 2019 The backlog of cases and the unexpected migration surge has filled both ICE and HHS facilities to overflowing. The Economist, "What caused the shameful scenes at America’s southern border?," 6 July 2019

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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 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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