unexpected

adjective un·ex·pect·ed \ ˌən-ik-ˈspek-təd \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of unexpected

: not expected : unforeseen

unexpectedly

adverb

unexpectedness

noun

Examples of unexpected in a Sentence

  1. an unexpected turn of events

  2. I'm sad that she's leaving, but it was not unexpected.

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First Known Use of unexpected

circa 1586

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UNEXPECTED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of unexpected for English Language Learners

  • : not expected


UNEXPECTED Defined for Kids

unexpected

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

Definition of unexpected for Students

: not expected : unforeseen
  • an unexpected visit

unexpectedly

adverb


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