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

Definition of unsurprising 

: not surprising or unexpected

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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 Robert Pires - France Pires was always known as 'the Portuguese' in his playing days with Les Bleus, and so his 48.5% Iberian is unsurprising. SI.com, "8 Football Legends Discover Which Nations They Could Have Played For," 4 July 2018 This was unsurprising, considering that he had been raised on the idea that Naples was rightfully his. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 The ruling was unsurprising in light of the court’s decision in December that allowed the travel ban to be enforced while the case was pending. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Travel ban: Ruling a big win for Trump and presidential power," 27 June 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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