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

Definition of unsurprising

: not surprising or unexpected

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On one level, the revelation that Google executives were dismayed by the 2016 election is completely unsurprising. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Leaked 2016 video will fuel conservative worries about Google bias," 13 Sep. 2018 In completely unsurprising news, Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle Sr., is continuing to air his dirty laundry to the press. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle’s Dad Has Decided to Pick a Fight With the Queen," 26 June 2018 Still, the unsurprising ending is a little bittersweet. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google’s Inbox app is shutting down in March 2019," 12 Sep. 2018 The band's fan following also won the award for fiercest fans, an unsurprising but still well-deserved victory. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "BTS and the A.R.M.Y. Win Big at the Radio Disney Music Awards: Watch," 25 June 2018 That conclusion managed to be extraordinary and unsurprising at the same time. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump is running out of time on NAFTA," 11 May 2018 Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said the court decision was pleasing and unsurprising. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Judge dismisses former pro soccer player's $7.5M lawsuit against Clackamas County," 27 Apr. 2018 Last night in Los Angeles, the verdict was in and the result was unsurprising. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "On the Basis of Sex," 9 Nov. 2018 On the one hand, Microsoft's decision is unsurprising. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft suspends development of touch-friendly Office apps for Windows," 28 Sep. 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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