un·​sur·​pris·​ing·​ly | \ˌən-sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē, ˌən-sə-\

Definition of unsurprisingly 

1 : as is not surprising matters complicate, unsurprisingly— Stanley Kauffmann

2 : in an unsurprising manner the story ended unsurprisingly

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One thing most Burners agree on, unsurprisingly, is that a highlight of the festival is the burns. Sam Spengler, Smithsonian, "How One Museum Curator Is Bringing Burning Man Out of the Desert," 30 Mar. 2018 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the larger pieces in the collection like the furniture range from around $649 to $1,499, while the smaller home accessories are a bit more affordable. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Pottery Barn Just Released An Exclusive Line With Lilly Pulitzer," 16 Mar. 2018 Perhaps unsurprisingly, taking an active interest in the same category of foods that once filled me with such anxiety turned out to be a far more effective solve than simply taking a pill. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "A Lactose Intolerant's Guide to Loving Cheese Again," 27 Apr. 2018 Now, as the afterglow of the Trump-Kim tete-a-tete wears off the prospect of any kind of easy North Korean solution is looking — unsurprisingly — like a mirage. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "North Korea Calls U.S. Diplomatic Posture ‘Regrettable’," 7 July 2018 So, unsurprisingly, Ruth has a not-at-all approved idea to cheer them up. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 Perhaps unsurprisingly, in the days since Crews shared his Senate testimony, a number of his peers have taken to the internet to discredit his experiences—and his manhood. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 The timing isn't ideal, no, as the Marlins celebrate their 25th Anniversary Weekend following another offseason fire sale that has the club unsurprisingly in the midst of a start-over season wrought by lousy crowds and on pace to top 100 losses. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Marlins' 25th Anniversary Weekend underlines Derek Jeter's obligation to heal deep wounds," 9 June 2018 And unsurprisingly, these new pieces will have the company's standard circle-grid structure on their bottoms to ensure compatibility with decades of Lego pieces and sets. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "New Lego pieces: Still hard on your feet, but easier on the planet," 2 Mar. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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