un·​sur·​pris·​ing | \ ˌən-sər-ˈprī-ziŋ How to pronounce unsurprising (audio) , ˌən-sə- \

Definition of unsurprising

: not surprising or unexpected

Examples of unsurprising in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The highly plausible caricature of Donald Trump in John Bolton’s book is also completely unsurprising. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Bolton’s Trump Is Also the Voter’s Trump," 19 June 2020 This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Tamara Lush, Anchorage Daily News, "Poll: Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years," 16 June 2020 Though the George Floyd protests represent in many ways a departure from the past, that split should perhaps be unsurprising. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "History Shows the Problem With Focusing on Whether a Protest Is Nonviolent," 11 June 2020 The news is unsurprising since most other major pop culture conventions have already been postponed or canceled, including WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con. Los Angeles Times, "Star Wars Celebration 2020 has been canceled but will return in 2022," 15 June 2020 That was unsurprising given the tight controls on independent expression under leader Xi Jinping. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "How COVID-19, Floyd protests shape China’s crackdown in Hong Kong," 11 June 2020 That includes a torrent of images and stories that have been shocking to some—but painfully unsurprising to others. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "#ShutDownSTEM asks researchers to work on racism today, instead," 10 June 2020 These omissions are unsurprising to a certain degree. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Glaring Hole in the Democrats’ Police Reform Bill," 9 June 2020 The shared means of assassination — gunshot to the head — is unsurprising because the head is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A 1964 conspiracy theory misrepresents Lincoln and Kennedy's similarities," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of unsurprising

1671, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Unsurprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprising. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsurprising

: not causing surprise because you expected it : not surprising

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