un·​sur·​pris·​ing | \ˌən-sər-ˈprī-ziŋ, ˌən-sə-\

Definition of unsurprising 

: not surprising or unexpected

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All this paints a fascinating and human — if unsurprising — portrait of the singer, who was tragically found dead in a hotel bathtub in 2012, at the age of 48. refinery29.com, "Whitney Review: A Big Twist That Obscures An Even Bigger Life," 5 July 2018 These horrors are sadly unsurprising, given the Trump administration’s open hostility toward Latino immigrants. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The First Look Into a Trump Administration Shelter for Migrant Boys Is Deeply Disturbing," 14 June 2018 Palace will demand an astronomical fee of £70m for Zaha - unsurprising, given his outstanding form kept them them in the Premier League last season. SI.com, "Tottenham Deterred by Wilfried Zaha Asking Price as Crystal Palace Prepare to Improve Contract," 7 June 2018 Image Narrating the first section of the novel, Paul is filled with rage for this hateful caricature of a man, though this is entirely unsurprising since nothing complex or sympathetic is offered on behalf of the luckless and cuckolded Gordon. New York Times, "He’s 19. She’s 48 and Married. When They Play Doubles Tennis, It’s a Match.," 26 Apr. 2018 But, on the whole, Chicha is oddly frictionless, unsurprising, like an advertisement enticing tourists to an all-inclusive luxury resort. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 President Donald Trump does not express much affection for celebrities, which is unsurprising considering how many of them have vocally, even profanely, repudiated his policies. Amanda Svachula, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s the deal with President Trump and Elton John?," 7 July 2018 Image President Trump does not express much affection for celebrities, which is unsurprising considering how many of them have vocally, even profanely, repudiated his policies. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "Record Breaking or Not, Trump Crowds Get Elton John on Repeat," 6 July 2018 The focus on Murkowski and Collins is unsurprising: both are moderate Republicans with a record of deviating from their party’s line, particularly on social issues. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Democrats Are Trying to Convince Collins and Murkowski That Supporting President Trump's Supreme Court Pick Will Doom Roe v. Wade," 5 July 2018

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1671, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unsurprising

: not causing surprise because you expected it : not surprising

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