un·​sur·​pris·​ing·​ly ˌən-sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē How to pronounce unsurprisingly (audio)
: as is not surprising
matters complicate, unsurprisinglyStanley Kauffmann
: in an unsurprising manner
the story ended unsurprisingly

Examples of unsurprisingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Equally unsurprisingly, the music companies — who’ve built their businesses on decades of intellectual property ownership — strongly push back on that notion. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 Ratings for this strategy have, unsurprisingly, been terrible. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2023 Though Priscilla was involved in the film’s production as an executive producer, the larger Presley estate has unsurprisingly been critical of the film’s depiction of Elvis. Nadine Smith, Pitchfork, 8 Nov. 2023 Stack draws on an element of Monty Python-ish good humor (Simon is, unsurprisingly, a big fan of their comedy) but is able to downshift into brawler mode at any moment. Vulture, 29 Oct. 2023 There’s a growing sentiment in the podcast world that YouTube’s podcast vision is (perhaps unsurprisingly) designed for video-first content creators. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 20 Oct. 2023 Perhaps unsurprisingly, people who self-identified (and were described by loved ones) as ambitious achieved more lucrative and prestigious careers. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 18 Sep. 2023 On the first day of the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, where Brand was — unsurprisingly — a regular topic of discussion onstage, in Davies’ first question as part of his U.K. keynote he was asked what the accusations meant for the BBC. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2023 There’s a small private terrace off the living room, and, unsurprisingly, there are tons of stylish touches throughout, including white-oak herringbone floors. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unsurprisingly was in 1950

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“Unsurprisingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprisingly. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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