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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That’s just the thing about all of these cities: within their old world charm and majestic markets, there’s always something new and unexpected to discover. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 There were some truly huge reveals on Sunday's episode, including the return of a major character, an update on Brianna's journey back in time, and an unexpected death. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Biggest Reveals from 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 But the unexpected has been rippling across every corner of Facebook for more than two years now. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 2018 After the tragic, unexpected death of Linda Reagan (Amy Carlson) on Blue Bloods, viewers might be a bit wary of the future of other beloved characters. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Danny Reagan's Son on 'Blue Bloods' Leaving the Show?," 16 Nov. 2018 The Home as an Homage to a Spouse Two homes dreamed of by couples in Colorado and California that were completed after the husbands’ unexpected deaths. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Widows Who Healed by Building the Family Home," 4 Oct. 2018 These two acts of dance theater build and crest in unusual and unexpected ways. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "New Works to Celebrate an Established Company," 12 Dec. 2018 In an unexpected but very cool move, the designers embedded a strip of LEDs behind the trim through the house, creating a glowing effect that’s meant to mimic the 2017 solar eclipse. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The modern farmhouse goes tiny," 26 Nov. 2018 Speaking to Variety about the huge and somewhat unexpected success of the show, the Aquaman actress addressed the possibility of revisiting Monterey, California for a third series. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Nicole Kidman Doubts 'Big Little Lies' Will Return for a Third Season," 22 Nov. 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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