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 earnest and unsurprising screenplay surrounds these two with friends and ex-lovers, a movable feast of attractive, shallow expatriates and young Athenians. BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Monday,’ Greece is the word," 14 Apr. 2021 Some of the others below, meanwhile, are a bit unsurprising. Andy Meek, BGR, "People think these are the most overrated cities in every state," 6 Apr. 2021 The fitting symbolism is somehow both shocking and unsurprising. Arkansas Online, "Voter suppression is racism," 27 Mar. 2021 The former congressman said the reluctance is unsurprising given similar sentiments have become a trend among black men. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden adviser Cedric Richmond: LeBron's vaccine hesitancy 'doesn't surprise me'," 8 Mar. 2021 But his first case had been mild, and his second was symptomless, a fairly unsurprising, perhaps even comforting, trajectory. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "We’re Thinking About Reinfection All Wrong," 24 Feb. 2021 Dennis Ross, who managed Middle East affairs for four presidents, said the review was unsurprising and typical of an incoming administration. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Biden Administration Reviewing Trump Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia," 27 Jan. 2021 And that Sampson is the coach responsible for remaking Houston into a championship contender is, in a way, equally unsurprising. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Kelvin Sampson has rehabilitated Houston, leading Cougars to men's Final Four. What about his baggage?," 30 Mar. 2021 This book could have been as unsurprising as the privileged life Smith left behind. Los Angeles Times, "Review: He ditched his privilege to labor in a Dakota oil field. All he got was a powerful memoir," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unsurprising

1671, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2021

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“Unsurprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprising. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsurprising

: not causing surprise because you expected it : not surprising

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