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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Also unsurprising, some people wanted to help make this fight happen. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Justin Bieber Wants to Fight Tom Cruise," 16 June 2019 The argument may seem unsurprising coming from Katyal, who’s a Democrat and was President Obama’s solicitor general. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "George Conway: Trump replacing Sessions with Whitaker is illegal," 8 Nov. 2018 The natural link to Bravo seems unsurprising as the Chilean has had a troubling time in Manchester since arriving from Barcelona in 2016. SI.com, "West Ham Boss Manuel Pellegrini Rules Out Transfer Move for Manchester City Star This Summer," 6 June 2018 Max: Also, the internet loves drama, even unsurprising drama. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "DI Chat: Kanye Goes MAGA," 26 Apr. 2018 Brazil has always had a surfeit of gifted players, but the women’s team’s scant success on the world stage is unsurprising, given its lack of resources and support. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "World Cup 2019: There’s Not Going to Be a Marta Forever," 24 June 2019 Top-line results were unsurprising: First-quarter revenue grew 54% year over year to about $202 million—largely in line with Wall Street’s forecasts, as well as with the preliminary results Pinterest issued ahead of its listing last month. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Pinterest Was Overexposed," 16 May 2019 The results are exciting, if a bit unsurprising, says Connie Mulligan, an anthropologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Closest-known ancestor of today’s Native Americans found in Siberia," 5 June 2019 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

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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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