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 Now the two friends are facing unexpected challenges, nearly 6,000 miles apart, with much uncertainty ahead. Ari Schneider, New York Times, "Two Climbers. Best Friends. Only One Ticket to the Olympics.," 14 May 2020 Likewise, a monkey wrench got tossed into some hatchery production schedules while bringing a host of unexpected challenges to scientists during one of aquaculture’s busiest seasons. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Not a typical spring season," 9 May 2020 For parents-to-be, Mother’s Day in the age of the coronavirus might feel like an onerous reminder of the unexpected challenges ahead. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus is making expectant parents anxious. This doula wants to help," 8 May 2020 This third remote episode will serve as the finale for Saturday Night's 45th season, and what an unexpected way to wrap things up. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig hosts at-home season finale," 26 Apr. 2020 And the coronavirus has created many unexpected challenges for the new restaurant. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Despite coronavirus, Peoria siblings forge ahead with their dream to open a restaurant," 9 Apr. 2020 But despite extensive planning, unexpected challenges are popping up. NBC News, "Inside a top hospital's battle against the coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 During a fateful trip to the park, Missy does the totally unexpected: Makes a friend. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid a pandemic, it’s nice to read novels about people who care," 5 May 2020 Covid-19 may complicate Biden’s decision in unexpected ways. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Who Will Be Joe Biden’s Pick for Vice President?," 27 Apr. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unexpected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexpected. Accessed 31 May. 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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