un·​sur·​pris·​ing ˌən-sər-ˈprī-ziŋ How to pronounce unsurprising (audio)
: not surprising or unexpected

Examples of unsurprising in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This kind of inconsistency is unsurprising, though, says Saskia Mordijck, an associate professor of physics at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Feb. 2024 In some ways, the growth of nationalist political representation is unsurprising. Megan Specia, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 This is perhaps unsurprising in light of the lack of faith in elections that helped provoke the Jan. 6 insurrection and continued efforts by Trump and other Republicans to paint the 2020 results as fraudulent. Monica Potts, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 That many lawmakers have chosen to focus primarily on scrutinizing platforms (rather than pursuing more prudent reforms) is unsurprising today because practically everybody has some gripe with Big Tech. Maureen Flatley, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Battery Life The device is also known for offering excellent battery life, which is unsurprising considering it is packed with an 800mAh battery. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 However, in a curiously unsurprising twist of events, the watch ended up selling for nearly three times that, raking in almost $300,000 (€270,000) and bringing the total of the fundraiser to roughly $1.4 million (€1.3 million), marking a new record for the organization. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 22 Jan. 2024 This sucks, but the development is ultimately unsurprising. Heavyweight Down, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2023 Ultimately, Steph and Gian were crowned the winners of Season 19 — a somewhat unsurprising result given their clear winning steak on the show. Alexandra Koster, refinery29.com, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsurprising was in 1671

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“Unsurprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprising. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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