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

Definition of unsurprising

: not surprising or unexpected

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In a completely unsurprising move, Kylie Jenner has donned a totally sheer white dress on Instagram. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Wore a Sheer White Dress Without Any Underwear," 30 Mar. 2019 But, in a completely unsurprising turn, the device is now sparking privacy concerns. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Calls Hidden Microphone in Its Nest Home Security Devices an 'Error'," 21 Feb. 2019 In an unsurprising turn of events, Johansson’s plan to star in the film has drawn a fair bit of criticism, most vocally from actual transgender actors who feel their experiences are being co-opted by cisgender actors. Emma Stefansky, HWD, "Scarlett Johansson Under Fire for Playing a Trans Man in Her Next Movie," 5 July 2018 In an unsurprising turn of events, Oliver bought the jock strap. Melissa Locker, Time, "Russell Crowe Thanked John Oliver for Buying His Jock Strap In The Best Way Possible," 7 May 2018 Such roadblocks are unsurprising in Germany, said Michigan State's Goertler. Austin Davis, USA TODAY, "#MeToo movement targets German language as sexist," 9 July 2018 The unsurprising news ended months (years?) of speculation that James would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers again and added another contender in NBA's deep Western Conference. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the winners (and losers) after LeBron James' Lakers contract," 2 July 2018 The draining of resources from cities, where largely black populations were residing, brought the unsurprising effect of an increase in violent crime. Mychal Denzel Smith, The New Republic, "How America became over-policed," 5 June 2018 Countless people enjoy a slice or two multiple times a week, but that unsurprising fact only makes this job ad even more competitive: Eat pizza for free, and get paid for it. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Pizza Oven Company Offers Up to $1,000 a Day to Eat Pizza," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unsurprising

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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