unexpected

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

Definition of unexpected

  1. :  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.

Circa 1586

First Known Use of unexpected

circa 1586



UNEXPECTED Defined for English Language Learners

unexpected

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

Definition of unexpected for English Language Learners

  • : not expected


UNEXPECTED Defined for Kids

unexpected

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

Definition of unexpected for Students

  1. :  not expected :  unforeseen <an unexpected visit>

unexpectedly

adverb


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